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12 comments on “CAT(ER)PILLAR

  1. Rebekah says:

    Wow! This is absolutely fantastic! It made me sit here and contemplate every illness and symptom and dream I have ever had! Thank you so much for sharing this as it was such an eye opener!

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  2. Hannah says:

    Michelle! This was amazing! I love how you broke up the word caterpillar for each stage of this journey!

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  3. Stephanie Bell says:

    Thank you for sharing this, Michelle. We don’t know what we have until suddenly it’s taken away from us. Your strength to move forward and adapt is incredible. Your use of metaphor and wordplay to articulate your transformation from cat to cater-er-pillar works really well. I found myself visualizing a cat chasing a butterfly and catching more than it bargained for… There’s a GIF illustration in this somewhere.

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  4. Hey Michelle, this was absolutely amazing to listen to! I loved the wordplay, and the manipulation of the letters in caterpillar near the end to spell react, alter, and leap. Really thought provoking and I think your self-reflection is something that we can all learn from.

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  5. John Spencer says:

    A gripping story, full of suspense with an inspiring conclusion, and I loved the way you delivered it; thanks Michelle.

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  6. Maria Joaquim Mitange says:

    Hey Michelle Pattison, I know it is tough to find yourself, sometimes for us to change something must happen in life for us to ask who “AM I” special as young people try to search their lives. As Caterpillar have process for change to become a Butterflies, but for the Caterpillar to become a Butterfly I do believe that they have love inside the Caterpillar to become something very beautiful. And I believe for you to find yourself you have to cast down all yours fears and find love in you.
    In the Bible say 1 John 4:18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.

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  7. Blu says:

    Quite a unique piece. From your injury in your workplace — a dark turn in life, you were able to uncover a new, brighter path that would lead to something you could really enjoy, and I’m glad for you 🖖 Excellent piece!

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  8. Marlene Bernholtz says:

    This is an amazing piece. Such a brave decision – and so clearly the right one. Beautifully conceived and executed. So good.

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  9. gcrone14 says:

    Hey Michelle,

    I loved your piece so, so, so much! The imagery, the dream, the realization, so beautiful! It really flowed like water!

    It was so inspiring that you chose another path— to pursue your passion for writing. As someone who is also currently in between 2 interests (Psychology and Writing), do you have any advice for me? In your view, what’s the best way to know what your true passion is? For instance, were there instances along your journey where something “hit” you and you knew that working your previous job wasn’t your true calling?

    The imagery, the audio, the wordplay with “caterpillar”— absolutely breathtaking! What a way to end the symposium!!!

    All the best!

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  10. vricketts says:

    Hey, Michelle! I love how you took the metaphor of the caterpillar and made it new with your story, how each part of the word was broken down to reflect those stages of change/transition in your life. I think too many of us are funneled into those same, regimented structures and it results in us suffocating from the inside. This was a really moving story and I commend you for choosing your own way in the world.

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  11. vincerexim says:

    Wow! Michelle, you are a very resilient person with an incredible story. It takes a lot of bravery to answer one’s calling in life, especially when others don’t understand it. I hope you continue to transform and blossom into the writer (and life-warrior) you set out to be. By the way, I don’t know if you know this but a lot of head trauma accidents are not diagnosed properly because the scans that are used to assess the injury only examine the brain’s structure – where the structure and the blood flow of the brain should both be examined. If you feel comfortable doing so, I kindly recommend you check out https://www.amenclinics.com/ as it’s a clinic that specializes in rehabilitating head trauma and has helped thousands of people immensely.

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  12. hanniemarg says:

    First of all the design of your pages was wonderful. I felt as though I was flipping through the pages of a storybook. I also got the feeling that although you are still in the process of your transformation, I do think that by giving yourself permission to live your truth, you entered from one phase of your metamorphosis to another. So although you are still in that liminal space, there are elements of it that are shifting as you grow and change and move from one phase to another.

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