I’ve always been fascinated with the process of the butterfly’s transformation, and I believe it mimics the human experience. Most people know that a caterpillar wraps itself inside a cocoon and then after some time emerges as a butterfly. However, do you know that during this stage the caterpillar's only responsibilities are to eat and to grow? As it grows, the caterpillar sheds its skin multiple times in order to accommodate its growth. Like the butterfly, through the process of life, we can shed our “old” selves, in order to become healthier versions of our “new” selves.
The “cocoon stage” isn’t as straightforward as it appears either. During this stage, the caterpillar actually digests its food and dissolves itself. The fact that people on the outside cannot see the caterpillar’s gradual yet drastic change does not take away from what is occurring. Like the caterpillar, others may not recognize that you're growing. What matters most is that YOU see your growth and that you know that you are not the sum total of your mistakes.
In the final stage, the butterfly is ready to break free from the cocoon and share its magnificent beauty with the world. If it weren’t for the previous stages of growth, this stage could not be realized. While we savour this thing called life, we must remind ourselves that the purpose of challenges is not to punish us but to “grow” us. To gain the strength i.e. “Imara”, necessary to catapult us further into the direction of contentment.