One of the first childhood stories I was forced to perform in as a child was a school yard back alley edition of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. I believe I was the butterfly…or maybe a strawberry, but regardless I had to wear a cardboard bedazzled posterboard around my neck more than twice my size and I was one unhappy four year old at the time. I don’t know how many of you remember the storyline of the famously acclaimed novel The Very Hungary Caterpillar but basically the jest of it is a caterpillar that is indeed very hungry and eats a lot of food, gets very fat, and then turns into a beautiful butterfly at the end.
I find some striking similarities between The Very Hungry Caterpillar and the average college student and not just because of the excessive weight gain. As a young person we are often searching for more in life to satisfy us. More friends, more clothes, more education to get a good job, good job to get more money, more money to get more things, more things to get us more places, etc. The world seems to revolve around more. It’s been etch a sketched in our heads that if we don’t have more we are less and therefore will be viewed as so.
However, this is the time in our life when we can change that view point. There is nothing wrong with being satisfied or content with less in life because the truth is your less is probably someone’s more. As a nursing student I’ve seen some people at their most vulnerable times and it’s really changed my perspective on a lot of things. Some people aren’t able to bathe themselves, feed themselves, dress themselves or do anything independently. I’ve made patient’s day by just washing their hair for them and making them feel clean again and more like a human being.
When you see people at their worst the meaning of the word more starts to fade away and you start to appreciate the meaning of less. So I encourage you to do the same. Be okay with slowing down and being thankful for all that you have right now in this very moment. We will all turn into a beautiful butterfly one day and I think things like character, personality, values, and love will crack the cocoon not a Mercedes Benz.