Break Before You Bloom

A wise person once said, “The night is always darkest just before dawn.” (Actually, I’m pretty sure that was Harvey Dent in Batman, The Dark Knight, and he turned into Two Face, so take that with a grain of salt and a shot of tequila.) But regardless, it seems that nature embodies this theme that perhaps we too should be mindful of: the worst comes before the best.

The evidence?

-Muscle growth is a product of stress induced muscle fiber damage, resulting in the repair and overdevelopment of the original fibers. In essence, our muscles grow larger, because we have broken them down first.

-The “simple” process (Yeah, I remember you, Mr. Krebs cycle) of deriving energy from eating must first catabolize the food we have consumed into more manageable pieces, before our body is able to access and utilize it through anabolism. And once again, we must break before we may use.

– “For a seed to achieve it’s greatest expression, it must come completely undone. The shell cracks, it’s insides come out, and everything changes. To someone who doesn’t understand growth, it would look like complete destruction. ” -Cynthia Occelli
Even our flowers break before they bloom.

In fact, even glow sticks have to be broken before they start glowing.

The point is that as a people we fear losing control over our lives, our emotions, our decisions, always terrified that the result may be the reduction of ourselves to only fragments of the person we once were, when nature has shown us that perhaps fragmentation is necessary in order to grow as an individual. Perhaps, we must take the pieces we have been diminished to, and rebuild them into something new, something better. Perhaps we too, must break before we bloom.

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