Updated: Aug 3, 2020
2019 was the year of back to back revelations. Like most creatives and deep thinkers, in my head is where I live. And now in my late 20's I have come to a place where I have discovered another layer of self-awareness, a layer that is burdensome yet liberating.
I remember talking to God about my feelings and the word that came to my mind was, transition. I was in a transition, one that I had prayed for but like most of my answered prayers, they arrive without any announcements. My spirit waged against the changes. Looking at myself in the mirror and thinking, "wow I have a lot of work to do." God has a lot to work within me.
I directed my mind to seek out an analogy as to what transition and growth may look like. "Why do snakes need to shed their skin?"
The answer was
"Snakes shed their skin to allow for further growth and to remove parasites that may have attached to their old skin. As a snake grows, its skin becomes stretched. They shed regularly throughout their life to enable growth. Shedding usually takes about one to two weeks."
Just like a snake when we shed our "skin" in essence we are letting go of bad habits, relationships, and basically anything that you can no longer take with you in order for you to walk into the next level of YOUR life. And that takes time, you don't shed these things immediately. You begin to build habits that'll help you let go off the distractions/"parasites". But you must shed and let go so that your skin may grow and expand. We are very similar to animals, funny how all of this is very relatable to the preparation that we are walking in.
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Photographer : Anthony Winters