Most of my life I have struggled with fear. It can be debilitating. It can make you miss out on the beauty around you and paralyze you from trying new things. Fear is the enemy of creativity. I don't think I or anyone else can keep from feeling fearful at times, but I do think we can choose not to make fear our ruler. We can acknowledge our feelings but make our decisions based on truth, hope, love, and kindness. That's what this painting is about. It's about a choice. There is no box that will protect us from pain or sadness. And if we choose to let fear rule us we will lose our sense freedom and hope. Life outside of the box is better than life inside it.