The Metamorphosis of Love
I found this little guy earlier this morning eating all my parsley and got to thinking about the metamorphosis the caterpillar will go through to be the beautiful butterfly. The simple little caterpillar is gorgeous by its own right. Nature has adorned it with a beautiful pattern and beautiful colors, and also camouflage.
In many ways this reminded me of love and relationships, When we first meet someone, there is a certain beauty there that fascinates us and we want to learn more. Just as this little guy totally intrigued me and made me want to take multiple photos of it. It is the initial beauty that attracts us – and not necessarily physical beauty, either.
As with the caterpillar here, there is also a lot of camouflage that exists when we meet someone new. We can see the physical and we interpret the other things, many times in ways that benefit our own wants and desires. If we want to get to know that person, we may gloss over the red flags, or maybe not even see them at all at first. On the other hand, if we are not interested in them, we may blow things that they do or say out of proportion to suit our own line of thinking.
While we all want to believe we are open-minded, are we really? Do we make snap decisions about others before we have all of the information? Let’s face it, we have all done this at one time or another. While there needs to be at least a certain level of attraction, the ideal partner for you may not be that “hot” man or woman you have fantasies about. This is the real world. People do not walk around looking like that. The other side of this is when we see someone we think is attractive, but we base our decision on that, not knowing they are camouflaging potentially very negative things about their lives. Are you missing really wonderful men (or women) who could be perfect for you because you have prejudged them? Are you going only for the ones who look good physically? I think this happens more often than we would like to think it does. We may be missing the one we could have a wonderful and happy life with.
Once the caterpillar matures to a certain level, it turns into a chrysalis of brown or green, and is not usually very attractive. This is what happens in new relationships, also. Everything starts out pretty, then as we get to know each other better, we find there are things that are maybe not as pretty as we thought they were. And sometimes things can turn ugly as we try to work through them. And here is where it ends for many and what I believe is a societal problem today. Ending relationships, even marriages, is much too easy on our society. Many people are not willing to go through the metamorphosis, that every relationship will have at some point, to get to the real beauty that awaits on the other side.
I have a really good friend who went through so much in her marriage, yet she also has one of the strongest, happiest marriages I know of. She has told me many times it is because of what they went through that made them strong. This, and her faith in God, has brought her to this point of having such a wonderfully happy life. Life is full of ups and downs, but when it comes to relationships, most people seem to want to give up when the going gets tough. Her family is living proof that everyone has hardships, but when the couple works together and communicates with each other, the future is much better than anything we could dream of when we are going through it. The beauty in her marriage is something we can all hope to aspire to.
This can also be applied to relationships that are not yet married. Do we give up too soon? As soon as there are red flags, do we just give up? Maybe some of us are really missing that diamond in the rough because he/she is still rough and we have not to get polished the stone to find the gem that lies within. So many people in their 40s and beyond date, and date, and date, and never seem to find that right one. Are we giving up on people too soon? Did the relationship have the time to metamorphosize into all that it can be? Or are we ending at the pupa stage? Are we giving people the time to be that beautiful butterfly they were meant to be?
One of the reasons I question this is because there are so many times I would love to get to know men I date better, but never hear from them again. I was willing to give them a chance, but they were unwilling to give me one. I am a firm believer that unless you are absolutely repulsed by the person, and have not a thing in common, everyone deserves a few dates in order to really understand who they are. While there are some things you can conclude on a first date, most things need to develop in relationships. True love is not about how much you want to sleep with someone, but it has everything to do with connecting in your mind. Real love connects people in the head and heart, not the groin. When you are connected in the mind, the person is automatically attractive to you, because you are connected on a deep and real level, and that needs time to develop. You will not know that on a first date.
My suggestion here is merely to think about how you date and if you really give yourself a chance to get to know the person you are on a date with. From what I have seen, few do. Since we are all looking for the same thing, and so few are actually finding it, don’t we owe it to ourselves to at least consider this? I think we do. We all want to be happy, and if we need to re-evaluate ourselves along the way, so be it. The next time you find yourself on a date and you do find yourself not wanting to see the person again, ask yourself why. Rethink it right there. Are you even giving them a chance? You may be pleasantly surprised if you do! They may be that butterfly you have been looking for in the garden of life!