Just When the Caterpillar Thought the World Was Over
If you know me well, you will know that quotes are one of my all-time favourite things. It was one of the reasons I actually started my blog Just Breathe Mama. I wanted to create a space for inspiration. Somewhere that would fall between the lines of romance and family, of humour and sarcasm. A space where someone out there, in this crazy giant world of social media, could relate.
One of the best ways to inspire was to search for a quote. Quotes offer advice. They offer inspiration, motivation, guidance and sometimes just some good ol’ humour. I have read and searched through thousands of different quotes on google images. But there is one single quote that stands out to me over all the others. It’s the one that is a permanent magnet on the fridge in my kitchen. It’s the one that reminds me through the times of change, there’s always a beautiful result.
“Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly…”
There have been a few times in my life, that have left a significant mark. The moments that seem that everything I have known to be, has crashed, and I am essentially left in darkness. I can remember back to when I was young, I fell in love with a boy. Not just lust and butterflies. But, I truly loved him (well, at least I thought I did). He gave me the butterflies, and I was excited when I got to see him or hold his hand. We spent every waking moment with each other. I think this is a normal experience for most young girls. And of course, in the end, I ended up with a broken heart. I can remember thinking that it felt like life was over. I cried so hard my chest hurt and eyes burned; feeling sick to my stomach, and thinking that I wasn’t good enough. At that moment, I felt like I went into the cocoon. I went into the darkness. It was an ugly experience. But, looking back on it now, I am so glad it happened.
I was transformed. It taught me that it wasn’t meant to be. It took the experience of heartbreak to truly appreciate love and all it has to offer. And now, I can honestly say I am in love with a man that I proudly call my husband. I am grateful for the life I am living, and the marriage we have together.
I feel like I am on this journey to becoming a better version of myself. I believe that one day I will have it all figured out. But, realistically I will never stop learning. I think that’s what makes the journey exciting. It’s made up of moments. Good ones, bad ones, happy, and sad ones. But, each one teaches me something different. Each one allows me to learn a new way to react or create change.
I have to say, I am one happy, content woman. And that my friend, is a beautiful result!