your lived experience is invaluable
i had a lot of fun making this. i included the cute frog, caterpillar and butterfly because they all share a common experience: metamorphosis. did you know that in the cocoon, the caterpillar’s enzymes actually eat the caterpillar, turning them essentially into goop?! When the now-butterfly is ready, they have to break down their cocoon from the inside. they then have to wait until their wings are dry until they go off on their first ever flight. metamorphosis is messy! and involves a lot of patience.
i have been very privileged to be on Satellite’s YAC and use and share my lived experience of mental illness and having family members experiencing mental health challenges/mental illness. having lived experience of hardship, marginalisation or oppression is often traumatic. this piece is about how incredible it is to see how your life can metamorphose and blossom out of times of trauma, grief and loneliness. i am so grateful.