Jean Jacques Rousseau famously wrote that "Man is born free and everywhere he is in chains." I've always thought the opposite is true. We are born into slavery, shackled by our genes, our environment, our parents' love, other peoples' expectations, our own shortcomings, the whole damned world around us.
I've spent my whole life trying to get free. I think I'm getting there. I've certainly got the scars to prove it. But believe me it's taken a lifetime, and it's been a close-run thing.