I've always liked butterflies. When their life-span was explained to me using a Biblical reference, I could relate to them very well. And again, butterflies can explain my recent life change.
I could say my teenage years were like a caterpiller - I was still finding 'myself'. Then I went into a cocoon, ready to emerge as the real self I wanted the world to know. But my husband didn't want me to share this true self of mine and kept trying to force me into this cocoon, while I struggled for freedom. Finally, I fled this abusive relationship, taking my daughters with me to a shelter. We spent time there (a lot of time!) healing. They didn't deserve the verbal abuse either and needed the opportunity to live in a healthy environment.
Now I am truely free to spread my wings and be the real ME - like a beautiful butterfly!!