Oh, the truth behind these five simple words. And the corny, cliche, totally-not-me-but-I’m-going-to-say-it meaning behind the butterfly wing in the picture.
At one point in our life, we’ve all been a caterpillar-lazy, slow, fat, and green. Well, almost. We’ve been in a rut, where we feel useless. We all know that good things come to those who wait, that we will all be butterflies one day, but we can’t help but feel like we’re the only ones that feel this way. We think we’re alone, that we’ll be the last caterpillar to evolve. We’re sad, we’re tired, we’re so emotionally drained that at times anything seems better than the life we’re living.
Then, very slowly, we go into the cocoon state. We’re in that awkward transition phase, where we know we’re headed for something better, but can’t quite see it yet.
Very slowly, our shell starts to break. We see the bright new future, the changed us, the butterflies that we’re meant to be. We feel as if nothing changed, but we start to notice after a while. We have colors, we can fly, we’re happy.
Yet, those wings are not meant solely for flying. They’re there to remind us of our past, of how fragile and delicate we truly are. They remind us that we can always get hurt, but it’s okay, because we’re not alone.
You are not alone.
We are all a little fragile.
It’s okay to feel down. It’s okay to cry, to get it all out. It’s okay not to think. Whatever anyone tells you, it’s okay to be you. I can’t tell you how many times I have cried a bucket and wondered why life is so hard. And many have been doing so. They’ve been suppressing their emotions for so long because they’ve been taught to respond that way. They’ve been taught to be strong.
But you can’t be strong forever.
It’s okay to be you.