Over the course of the isolation I have come to appreciate how the metamorphosis a butterfly goes through in its cycle of life can be a powerful metaphor for our own lives. When a caterpillar hatches from its egg it begins to eat immediately so it can grow and molt until it reaches its full length and weight. Similarly, in the earlier stages of our lives we are racing towards an arbitrary goal, blindly checking the boxes given to us by society. It is only once we are willing to take a step back and disappear into isolation, like the caterpillar, that the real remarkable changes in our lives can occur, in our character, goals, ambitions, mental and emotional well being, the list goes on. The key point of this stage is to slow down and observe the importance of time in the process of healing and growth, a caterpillar doesn’t turn into a butterfly overnight. Once we are individually ready to remerge into the world we will not only be the best versions of ourselves, but be in a better position to take on the world on our own terms without fear of the expectations put upon us.
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