Cockrell Butterfly Exhibit, Houston Museum of Natural Science

“Met·a·mor·pho·sis: noun: a change of the form or nature of a thing or person into a completely different one, by natural or supernatural means.”

Most job interviews I have ever attended usually ask for a five year plan. It is a way to gauge the interest and aspirations of potential new hires to the needs of the company. But, it also clues the organization into forethought of long term potential, so that they might not have to hire someone else a few months after they extend an offer to you. If you were to ask me if I could have predicted where I am today at a mere 5 years ago, I don’t think I would have the same trajectory. Personally, professionally and anywhere in between. Which is not a complaint, but acknowledgment that life, if nothing else, is unpredictable.

Admittedly, change is something that I don’t always readily embrace. I lean on transition when moving away from tradition. I attempt logical reasoning and understanding of trajectories if possible, because I tell myself that if I can understand what can happen, I would be able to determine what might. On a good day, I might actually figure out what could, but on a better day, I realize that I don’t have to have a plan for everything.

This weekend will mark Daylight Saving Time, a process that even though is scheduled annually, I never seem prepared for. We “lose” an hour as we spring forward, and even in a leap year, the single hour takes me a few days to get used to.

I vividly remember the work of Eric Carle from when I was younger. His “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” was unlike any other work I had seen. The illustration of the different stages of a caterpillar’s journey into (spoiler alert!) a butterfly, still stick with me to this day so much so that I insisted on buying it to share with my daughter. It’s one piece of nostalgia that I have no interest in trying to forget.

If looking to experience the process of metamorphosis, The Cockrell Butterfly Exhibit at the Houston Museum of Natural Science is a great place to do so. The exhibit is more than just a field trip stop for your elementary class as butterflies flutter around the glass encased wing of the museum hall.

The track this week is Panic at the Disco’s “That Green Gentleman” from their album “Pretty. Odd.”. Outside of the title of the album perfectly describing the way that I feel about science and biology, both functional and fashioned in the most unique and extraordinary ways, the song describes my take on the changes I have found recently. I don’t have it all planned out, but that’s okay. I’m just on my way…

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