Metamorphosis : a major change in the appearance or character of someone or something; a process some animals go through to become adults. It is a series of physical changes.
The process of metamorphosis has amazed me since I was a young girl. Especially that of caterpillars transforming into butterflies. It seemed to be like a miracle. How a little creature that was not much to look at, emerged as a delicate, beautiful butterfly. I can now appreciate the changes it has to go through and just had to share them, because they are nothing short of amazing.
The caterpillar is born with a voracious appetite and stuffs itself with leaves. It grows plumper and longer through a series of molts in which it sheds its skin. Until one day, it stops eating, hangs upside down from a twig or leaf and molts into a shiny chrysalis. Within its protective casing, the caterpillar transforms its body, and eventually emerges as a butterfly. How does a caterpillar rearrange itself into a butterfly? What happens inside a chrysalis?
First, the caterpillar digests itself, releasing enzymes to dissolve all of its tissues. But the contents of the pupa are not a liquid mess. It has a group of highly organized cells, known as imaginal discs, that survive the digestive process. When a caterpillar is still developing inside its egg, it grows an imaginal disc for each of the adult body parts it will need as a mature butterfly; discs for its eyes, for its wings, its legs and so on. Once a caterpillar has disintegrated all of its tissues, the imaginal discs use the protein-rich liquid all around them to fuel the rapid cell division required to form its adult body.
Then comes the day when it emerges from its chrysalis. Another struggle to endure, but quite necessary for its survival. It spends the next hour, hour and a half, pumping fluid into its wings and when they’re dry it’s ready to take flight!
We go through many struggles throughout our lives. Some harder than others, but no one on this planet escapes suffering. It’s a given that if you breathe, you’re gonna suffer. How is it going to affect you? Will it help you grow stronger or will it defeat you? Are you gonna fight the inevitable changes we have to go through, or take advantage of them and learn? I can’t imagine this little creature protesting that it wants to remain a caterpillar! (Yes, that sounds ridiculous) Yet we humans do it all too often. Either because we’re in a comfort zone, too afraid of the process of maturing, committing or letting go.
We need to shed the fear (the unhealthy) that keeps us from growing. Much like that caterpillar molts and continues to grow, until finally it’s ready to become an adult. And if there’s one thing you remember from what I’ve shared I hope it’s this: that seemingly weak creature, instinctively submits to becoming liquefied, and rearranged into something beautiful, and so will you!
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