In her 2020 memoir, The Meaning Of Mariah Carey
, the singer recalled the moment the song first came to her. She was sitting in the master bathroom of her mansion trying to calm down after a threatening incident with her husband. Mottola had just tried to put her in her place in front of their guests by dragging a butter knife down her cheek (an act that inspired the song "Petals
"). She wondered if she had the courage to leave for good when the lyrical idea popped into her head, confirming her decision: "Don't be afraid to fly. Spread your wings. Open up the door." She also started humming the melody as she was preparing to go.