Metamorphosis: a change of the form or nature of a thing or person into a completely different one, by natural or supernatural means
In the past few posts, I’ve been rambling incessantly on the challenges we face in life, veering dangerously close to Oprah-like discussions. So, in the interest of intellectual relevancy, I’m taking a literary turn on the second blog for April’s theme of change. As I was thinking about the alterations that occur throughout our lives, both within ourselves and in our surroundings, I remembered Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis. For those not familiar with Kafka’s work, The Metamorphosis is a humorous yet tragic story of a young man named Gregor, who transforms into a cockroach. He never feels like he fits in with society and due to his family’s mistreatment, considers himself an outcast; this is magnified when he turns into an insect and is locked in his room for months, often with very little food. After he dies, his family moves on as if nothing happened, letting the maid clean up his remains and promptly forgetting about his prior existence.
The cockroach form that Gregor obtains is a metaphor for how others treated him. His family viewed him as ugly and useless; therefore, he took this form. Though a little odd to picture, we can see Kafka’s relevant comparison to the human tendency to change based on other’s opinions and their surroundings. If we let them, people’s remarks and the situational changes in our lives can affect us in either a positive or negative way. Though it is highly unlikely any of us will be morphing into an insect in the near future, it helps to remember the affects others have on our lives, as well as the strength and value each of us holds.
Everyone considers change an inevitable part of life; it’s as sure as the sunset and as random as a mid-west skyline. For the most part, we understand the need to adapt to the changes in our lives, whether seemingly positive or negative. The variation in our lives are like the ocean. The waves are constant like our existence, yet the sand is always shifting, with the tide ebbing and flowing as it’s pulled by the gravity of the moon.
Although it comes easier to some than others, we have been designed with a similar and imperative ability to adjust to the alterations in our lives. When the changes are positive, we celebrate, and when they are negative we do our best to cope. Remember that these challenges in life can bring us down or make us stronger. Most of us would make an attempt at the latter. So no matter what the next day holds, focus on taking the changes in your life and not only allowing them to occur, but embracing the spontaneity and unpredictability that is part of the world we live in.
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