I was walking our dog Bitey Bear one morning when I saw a rather large caterpillar on the sidewalk. I run back to the house, grabbed my camera, focused and pressed on the shutter. What a beautiful creature it was!
I took several shots while trying to keep our dog from gobbling up the caterpillar. Thankfully, one of the photos turned out fine.
All of a sudden, it dawned upon me. I was not looking at a caterpillar. I was looking at a representation of ME!
As I write this post, I am the lowly caterpillar. Crawling... feeling in all directions... tentative... vulnerable... moving in slow, coordinated movements. One step at a time. A continuous effort to move forward. To reach for something. TO FULFILL A DESTINY.
The time will come when I have to shut myself from the world... to build myself a safe haven... to allow change and to embrace that change. I will do this not because I am incapable of loving. I will do this BECAUSE I LOVE.
It may take some time. I may be missed, or I may be forgotten. I will be patient and those who truly love me will likewise be patient enough to wait for me to come out of my cocoon. They will be there when I bask in the glorious brightness of the morning. They will welcome me and see a new ME.
I may not become the most beautiful butterfly.
I may just turn out to be a moth.
The important thing is I will grow my own wings and be strong enough to fly and reach greater heights.
I will look back to my humble beginnings as a lowly caterpillar. My heart will be full of love and gratitude for those who are willing to wait for me. I will give them the honor of being the very first ones to witness the change.
I will be blessed with the gift of flight. I will be a symbol of hope.
I will reach my dreams.
I WILL SUCCEED.
Note: The caterpillar I photographed above is the larvae of the Daphnis nerii, or the Oleander Hawk Moth.
"The strikingly colourful oleander hawk-moth (Daphnis nerii) is one of the most widely distributed Sphingidae species in the world. Adults of this large, attractive moth have intricately decorated forewings, displaying a mixture of olive greens, covered with small blotches of pink and white. They also have a pale streak on the tip of each forewing."(Source:http://www.arkive.org/oleander-hawk-moth/daphnis-nerii/)