But it wouldn’t be the worst thing to consider if it isn’t and if somebody didn’t put it there for a reason. We don’t have to see the fence as an arbitrary or capricious check on our freedom. We can see it instead as a signpost. We can see it as the testimony of one who has come before: things will go better for you on that side. Trust me.
Poke the fence, definitely. Look for ways around it. Don’t thoughtlessly accept its constraints. But also run your hand along the fence with the fence-builder in mind to imagine what she was thinking when she constructed it. She may be trying to tell you something valuable.