Why Butterflies?

"We delight in the beauty of the butterfly,
but rarely admit the changes it has gone through
to achieve that beauty." Maya Angelou


Butterflies are my spirit animal you could say. 

My childhood bedroom was themed after butterflies and they made my room a happy, bright, hopeful place. They were on my bedsheets and pillows, on my window curtains, my lamp, and for wall decor. I was surrounded by these gorgeous, fluttering insects. 

It's a scientific fact that all butterflies are unique, just as people. There may be certain species and types, but each and every one is different and its own that God created. That is truly amazing. 

"Butterflies can't see their wings. They can't see how beautiful they are, but everyone else can. People are like that to." Unknown

They are also utterly beautiful with their colored wings and shape. When one catches your eye you can't help but stare in awe over its beauty and whimsical movement through the air. They are enchanting creatures and its no wonder we see in many movies and books children chasing after them. 

"A girl should be like a butterfly: Pretty to see, hard to catch." Unknown

Lasly, butterflies have a mysterious transformation. They are born as caterpillars, small and limited where they can only roam the earth, feed off plants, and watch the world above admiringly. One day they can only hope to be something more, but they just don't know what yet. 

"How does one become a butterfly? she asked. You must want to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar." Trina Paulus

When they've lived their 'childhood' days they move into a hibernation period where they cocoon and wait. 

"A season of lonliness and isolation is when the caterpillar gets its wings. Remember that next time you feel alone." Unknown

Finally, after a long time of waiting and hoping, one day they hatch from their cocoon and blossom into a butterfly. 

"Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly."

At last, they can spread their wings for the first time, marveling over their transformation, and they lift their wings and FLY. It's a beautiful story, a happily ever after, a fairytale that is actually reality for butterflies and is relatable to humans too. We can learn a lot from butterflies.

"Perhaps the butterfly is proof that you can go through a great deal of darkness yet become something beautiful."









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