“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.”
― Maya Angelou
Guilty as charged. I want to be that butterfly. The one with the delicate, fragile beauty that catches your eye in awe and wonderment while it floats above bright flowers in the warm summer air. If you close your eyes and just listen to your breath, you can imagine the butterfly’s wings fluttering softly, barely strong enough to move the air around it, yet possessing a quiet strength within that allows it to glide from flower to flower drinking the nectar that keeps it alive.
In reality…when I see myself as that butterfly, my vision is accompanied by a huge net crashing down around me, holding me hostage, while I kick and scream the whole time. That’s because I usually don’t relish the idea of the changes necessary to achieve that beauty. Totally human. Totally natural. Totally unbutterfly-like 😉 .
The butterfly gracefully goes through its metamorphosis. We humans on the other hand…well, we have a bit of an inclination to try to dodge change at all costs. The thing is…it’s that very change that we try to avoid – that we claw our way through – that creates the most lasting beauty in us. Imagine if we never had trials or failures in life. Would we be happy? Probably. But we would lack the depth that makes us interesting, that makes us sensitive to others. We wouldn’t have the wisdom that comes from surviving. The richness of who we are wouldn’t exist.
We all deserve to be a butterfly. Try to embrace the changes of your life. Be gentle to yourself when you are weak. Understand that the struggles will pass. Love yourself as you are now…don’t spend your life waiting to be a butterfly before you accept and love who you are. If you do you will miss the very process that creates it.