For people who have known me for at least a few years, what is most notable about my life is the change I have undergone in just a short period of time. To use a (possibly overused) simile, my life has been like that of a butterfly.
Up until the time of my divorce I was just a caterpillar, going through life, just getting by.
I did the things I thought I was supposed to do, but I didn’t grow or change much during that time. I didn’t think I had to, I was just a caterpillar, that was who I was supposed to be.
But then I got divorced and everything changed. As an introvert, I turned inward, trying to figure out what this meant and who I really was supposed to be.
I wrapped myself in a cocoon, protecting myself from the outside world while I worked this out. I was changing. A lot of the changes were on the inside, but I was changing on the outside as well. I was learning about myself and who I wanted to be. I was discovering ways to achieve my goals.
And now, after several years I have emerged as a butterfly instead of a caterpillar. I’m still shaking off some of the chrysalis and I haven’t yet truly tested my wings, but I am about to fly.
Some of you may argue that I am already flying. I’ve just published a book and am achieving many of my goals. I’m not minimizing my accomplishments, but I’m now realizing how much more I can achieve. To be honest, perhaps I’m still in the chrysalis and have yet to emerge.
One thing is certain, I’m on my way to becoming a beautifully strong butterfly.
This post is in response to the daily writing prompt Notable