Metamorphosis-1a. Change of physical form, structure, or substance especially by supernatural means.
1b. Striking alteration in appearance, character, or circumstances.
2a. Typically marked and more or less abrupt developmental change in the form or structure of an animal (such as a butterfly or a frog) occurring subsequent to birth or hatching.
How often do we internalize the events that occur throughout any given day? Probably a lot more often than we would like to admit. Some examples:
“You wouldn’t believe what happened to me today!”Everyone
“Why is this happening to me?”
“I can never catch a break!”
It’s hard to imagine the occurrences we observe as random. As simply fleeting moments that we must have the presence of, in order to make calculated judgments to coordinate our next logical move.
Instead, we take the happenstance personally. As if the universe has some grand plan to make our individual lives better or worse. Never forget, you’re more than you think you are but you’re also far less. You may be (As Carl Sagan would say) the “universe experiencing itself subjectively,” but you are also an atom of a molecule of a strand of hair on the balls of an amoeba.
Round’ and round’ we go…
I’ve digressed, so allow me to get to the point! All of these things, events, actions, reactions, and everything else applicable; though seemingly pattern forming, are completely at random. You see a pattern only because from your perspective everything must be connected since everything is within the same scope of view, right? Well, where else would it be?… Everything you know is connected simply because it is everything you know; I hope that makes sense…
Lemme put it this way… your actions, no matter how large, will never create ripples in Antarctica. Unless you have some Hitler-esque master plan to destroy the world and somehow manage to achieve it…
Ok, here’s my actual point lol…
Negate everything that I just said.
You are meant to internalize these events because without doing so you’ll never achieve growth. You’ll never evolve without pain, adversity, struggle, anguish, discomfort, etc.
Without taking the world seriously, we would remain blank mindless ragdolls just tumbling through life, never learning how to get back up and make better choices and take better, more accurate shots at what we want in life. Without the ego to tell you that you matter; you wouldn’t…
Remember this; growth is achieved through adversity. Metamorphosis is achieved through time. There are never going to be exceptions to this and if you can think of one I would be delighted to have that discussion with you.
So today, go out and get yourself into some uncomfortable situations. Learn from them. Then come home and tell your friend, or wife, or blowup doll (whatever) about what happened to you today. After all, who else would it happen to? 😉
(EDIT: I had NO idea about the spider in the title picture until after I published the post, but it actually fits the post rather well, so I think I’ll leave it where it is. Radness.)