In this universe, most of the animals have the ability to renew themselves especially the reptiles. A snake grows but its skin does not grow and so it has to outgrow it. Snakes can shed their skin in a months time after the previous shed in a very painful process which takes a duration of 24hrs for the whole process to be completed compared to a lizard which shed their skins in pieces. The average snake will shed its skin two to four times per year. This process is very painful and is characterized by signs like a loss of appetite, lack of interaction, spending time in its hide or water bowl, milky colored eyes and dull skin.
The eagle also renews itself in a process called molting. The eagle can last up to 70yrs and for this to happen it has to make the hardest decision at their 40th year. On the 40th year it’s long and flexible talons can no longer grab prey which serves as food. Its long and sharp beak becomes bent. At this time It has old, aged and heavy wings, due to their thick feathers, stick to its chest and make it difficult to fly. Then, the eagle is left with only two options: DIE or go through a painful process of CHANGE which lasts 150 days. The process requires that the eagle fly to a mountaintop and sit on its nest. There the eagle knocks its beak against a rock until it plucks it out. Then the eagle will wait for a new beak to grow back. When it’s new talons grow back, the eagle starts plucking its old, aged feathers. the feathers may take up to 5 months to grow and after that, the eagle takes its famous flight of rebirth and lives for 30 more years.”
Human beings live more complex lives compared to the animals. Humans are the most intelligent spices in the animal kingdom and that is why they have the power to control the rest of the creation. We are born in environments some good, some bad, some accepting, and some unbearable. The environments shapes us, they make us who we are, they influence our thinking, our feelings, our actions, our beliefs, and how we respond to issues. The human spices have complex experiences some good, some bad, same fulfilling, and some dissatisfying. In all those experiences we become, we develop, we change to either to be the better or the worse of ourselves.
One ultimate gift that life offers is the power of choice. Two people going through the same crisis respond differently. Two people being brought up in the same environment develop different coping skills. The environment and our experiences gives options but we have an intellect to choose how we respond and how they will shape our being. We have the power to choose to be bitter or better, to be negative of positive, to correct and relearn, and to become and unbecome.
Human beings learn, unlearn and re-learn in their entire life time. The learning is vital, the unlearning is crucial but the re-learning is optional. We learn new behaviors, skills, and traits to enables us thrive in life. We unlearn the things we learnt that are not beneficial, in this process, we shed away the traits we learnt, we shed the attitudes we adopted, and we shed the habits we learnt. This process is very painful because we are unbecoming the person we were or we have always been, the process is overwhelming, frustrating, stressing, tiresome all become the change is from within and not without. It requires alot of courage, patience, self-compassion, and persistence. It is a process of separation, withdrawal, loneliness, lack, and criticism but its worth it because at the end of it all, you will become a new self. The process is not for the faint-hearted, its not for the weak and for the impatient.
Now the Question is are you will to unbecome to become?