Have you ever retreated to a place where you needed comfort and safety from something bad? Did you need to be in a place where you needed healing and to work on yourself? If you answered yes to any of these then your not alone. Many people do this throughout there lives and there is nothing wrong with that.
The Cocoon: The Beginning
By now you may be wondering why do I keep mentioning the word cocoon. We all know a caterpillar creates a cocoon and then comes out a butterfly. While the caterpillar is inside the cocoon, it’s safe and it starts to evolve into its next phase of life.
When we go through phases, rough roads, trials, transformations, and transitions in life, we can be dealing with a handful of emotions. Sometimes we find ourselves in a place whether it be a new home, new room, or new school where we can be safe and grow as a person. These places are sometimes temporary.
We can view theses kinds of places as safe havens to escape from a bad situation or living arrangement. For example, a wife ends up living in a new apartment after she gets divorced from her husband. This apartment can serve as a safe haven (the cocoon) for the wife. She can work on healing, getting her life back together. and moving forward from the divorce.
The Butterfly: The Transformation
Remember the cocoon phase is only temporary. After you got out of survival mode and felt better about yourself, did you feel that you were ready to tackle the world with a new perspective? Did you feel like you were ready to spread your wings again? I have felt like this and know many friends who have as well; so your not alone.
After coming out the cocoon figuratively speaking, you feel transformed. You can have either more energy, a new mindset, new strength or all three for example. You feel ready to spread your wings and soar to new heights. Maybe that sounds a little cheesy, but people who come out of the cocoon phase are ready to tackle new goals and do things they thought were once unachievable.
New perspectives along with new mindsets can feel like a breath of fresh air for your mind and soul. Your thinking differently, you have a better and healthy mindset, and you have a better tolerance against negative things. Maybe your in a cocoon phase right now; if so that’s fine.
Maybe you got out of something horrible and you’ve been healing for a while now. You’ve been doing some self work on yourself. Your unlearning bad habits and developing better ones. All of this is fine, don’t let anyone put you down or tell you otherwise. You may even have some friends and family members who are in a cocoon phase and/or have transformed into butterflies.
Take care, stay safe, and remember your not alone and you have worth in this world.