Inside the cocoon
a dark but safe place, until it isn't anymore

Yesterday I wrote about how the process of difficulty led us to be stronger and able to fly more brightly. It also made me reflect on what it is like being INSIDE the cocoon before it splits open and the butterfly can come out as the beautiful creature it has always been meant to be.

Personally, I am claustrophobic and don't like small, dark spaces. Just the thought of it makes me start hyperventilating. Lifts, crowds, caves, someone standing too near me in a queue all make me uncomfortable and a bit panicky.

But, the last year has been kind of a cocoon, a small, dark space.

The four phases of a butterfly's life seem to be very appropriate for what we have gone through - personally and as a training company.

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The life cycle of butterflies

Butterflies have the typical four-stage insect life cycle. Winged adults lay eggs on the food plant on which their larvae, known as caterpillars, will feed. The caterpillars grow, sometimes very rapidly, and when fully developed, pupate in a chrysalis. When metamorphosis is complete, the pupal skin splits, the adult insect climbs out, and after its wings have expanded and dried, it flies off. Some butterflies, especially in the tropics, have several generations in a year, while others have a single generation, and a few in cold locations may take several years to pass through their entire life cycle. (Wikipedia)

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First, we had the dream and the egg was laid (or the seeds planted). The egg became a beautiful caterpillar and we grew the business and our dreams. It was a really good time and we had such big hopes for the future. THEN - very suddenly and unplanned - COVID happened and it seemed as if the world turned into a cocoon - or shall we call it by its correct name - a pupa.
In the beginning, it was a comfortable place to be in. Like a warm blanket around the shoulders. Stay at home, be safe, wait it out. The lockdown phase was okay and a time to think, reflect, and plan for the future's new normal. Warm, cozy, dark, and restful. After a while, the comfort became a bit claustrophobic and dark and tight and restrictive.
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The lockdown lasted longer than anticipated and our wings wanted to be spread. There is no space to spread your wings within a cocoon. The butterfly has to wait till the right time when the pupa splits open and it can crawl out.  Bit by bit.

Within the cocoon, you are held back, but this is exactly where the butterfly is formed and grows into the beautiful creature it will become. Lockdown has been the place where the new AkukhanYa was born and grew into what we have become post-covid. The restrictions, the tight space, the darkness, the loneliness, the waiting, the panic, and just breathing is where the magic of creation happened.

Inside the cocoon was a really great place for us, until it wasn't anymore and we were ready to come out and spread our wings. It was a bit by bit crawl out and testing of our wings, waiting for it to dry and become strong enough to FLY. We are not flying fully yet, but inside the cocoon has made us strong and determined and excited and focused and ready to take on the world.

Inside the cocoon was a good place, until it was time to come out. We are out with a new partnership, new programmes, adapted methodology and implementation, new campaign. We are out with a fresh new look and feel and WHY for our existence.

Inside the cocoon was a good place for us. It led us to where we are at now.

Inside the cocoon
Jacqueline Klem
29 April, 2021
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