To me, it means that both the butterfly and the caterpillar, or the chicken and the egg, are equal. They both have their meaning and their qualities and shortcomings. Have you ever taken a good look at a caterpillar? We have quite a few in our back yard and they are pretty fascinating. The way they crawl up on a leaf and munch their way through. It reminds me of the book by Eric Carle: The very hungry caterpillar. I used to read that story to the little girl I looked after in Portland, Oregon. We read that story over and over again.. But I'm drifting off! So the caterpillar, we were talking about. They come in so many different sizes and colors and some are even more beautiful than the actual butterfly. Our local butterflies are pretty common. They are not that colorful, but they are pretty after all. I like the way they flap their wings and the grace they show.
Some people are butterflies, others are caterpillars. Some of those caterpillar people turn into gorgeous butterflies. On a certain time in their life, they come out of their cocoon and flap their wings, to head off to a new world, full of excitement and challenges. Freedom is in sight and they get to discover new sides of themselves and new environments.
I feel like the caterpillar that turned into a butterfly and I'm pretty happy with that!