Fences. What are they really? Why do we have them? Are they for keeping things in or keeping things out? Are they always made of wood or are they built from emotions? Are they necessary? It really is about perception. How one perceives the need for keeping things at bay or allowing things to come close determines if they need fences. I know that I have an old, tired fence put in place to keep my children safe and my dogs safe. I put similar fences around my heart, my life. While I know that having a safe place for my children and pets is definitely necessary, at some point I must realize that I need to tear down my fence. To experience my life I have to grow as my children do, age even as my pets do, and walk through the gate and start removing the fence I have put around me.