“Living in a Gilded Cage” references an individual who is living in luxurious surroundings but is somehow trapped.
I am from Texas the second largest state in the 50 United States of America. If you have never been to the US, the country itself is 3.79 million square miles (9.83 million km2). Texas takes up an area of 268,820 square miles (696,241 square kilometers). I currently live in a country which consist of an area of 4,416 sq mi (11,437km2 ) and only one large city.
I am use to getting in my car and driving anywhere I would like to go whether across town, to another city, another state or just drive across the United States. I miss the open road, the freeways which link cities to cities weaving through countryside and towns like a big beautiful maze.
Until I can be freed of this gilded cage if only for a vacation, I will be dreaming of windows down and hair flying in the wind and seeing nothing but open road in my windshield and rear view mirror.
May your life be full and free.
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Sources: “living in a gilded cage”
To be like “a bird in a gilded cage” is to live in luxury but without freedom: (source: Source: The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition)
The encumbrances or limitations that often accompany material wealth, as in She had furs, jewelry, whatever money could buy, but was trapped in a gilded cage . This metaphoric expression indicating that riches cannot buy happiness was popularized (and possibly coined) in a song, “A Bird in a Gilded Cage” ( 1990; lyrics by ArthurJ. Lamb, music by Harry von Tilzer), about a young girl marrying for wealth instead of love and paying for luxury with a life of regret.
A bird in a gilded cage is a woman “kept” in a nice apartment by a wealthy man, so the gilded cage, by extension, means a relatively comfortable kind of servitude or bondage. (source: wiki.answers.com)