Hey friends! Becca here! Recently I’ve been doing a lot of self reflection on this past year. I’ve been thinking about where I was at the start of the year versus where I am now. And the change is astronomical, in a very good way. At the beginning of the year, I was still an engineering major, I was struggling with my mental health, and I was just overall in a kind of funk. I isolated myself from my friends and my school work which resulted in failing all my classes and feeling very lonely. I had put myself in a cocoon filled with anxiety and focus problems. I was stuck in this place and didn’t know how to get out.
Eventually, I realized I didn’t want to be stuck in that cocoon anymore. I worked hard to find medication for my anxiety and ADHD, I changed my major, I joined an organization where I made some of the best friends I’ve ever had. I had been a caterpillar stuck in a cocoon. At the time, I thought I was not making any progress and would never escape. But the thing about caterpillars is that they live in a cocoon so they can eventually emerge into a butterfly! So that’s what I did. I was a caterpillar who felt stuck, but then I emerged into a butterfly, into a much better and happier version of myself.
So my wisdom for you is this: it’s okay to be a caterpillar. It’s okay to struggle. It’s okay to cocoon yourself. But then, you have to work to break out of that cocoon to become a beautiful butterfly! Our experiences turn us into who we are. Bad experiences exist to help us learn and to make us better people. So I encourage you to spread your wings and fly, little butterfly!!