Today, I want to talk to you about butterflies. Here's the deal. Know what a caterpillar has in common with a butterfly? Nothing. Structurally, genetically—they are completely different animals. The caterpillar basically eats as many leaves as it possibly can and then wraps itself up in a chrysalis. Then, tiny things called "imaginal disks" (seriously, that's what biologists call them) begin to form. These disks contain butterfly DNA. Stick with me you guys, I am totally going somewhere with this. Once the caterpillar's immune system detects what it perceives to be a foreign genome, it tries to destroy the arising imaginal disks. But they keep coming stronger and faster, and eventually the caterpillar's immune system fails from stress. The caterpillar's body breaks down into a mushy mess, and the imaginal disks use it to build a butterfly. I tell you this because 1. People are constantly asking what the deal is with my tattoo. 2. Humans go through the same thing (but not just once). The person you are becoming is too awesome/gorgeous/brilliant/
courageous for your current self to even recognize, let alone conceive.
Life demands that we trust there is something begging to be born through us. That we let go of useless beliefs + ways of being we used to consider our identity, and burn up in the fire of our own creation. And that we allow it to happen, even when we can't see around the next corner.
Y'all know my favorite place to burn up is in the cauldron of sweat we call the dance floor. But I don't care where you do it, as long as you do. The world wants you, friend. The biggest, most audacious, no-holds-barredest version.
Photo by Megan Kathleen
Founder of The Get Down, Tasha Blank lives in service of Dance, which, when done real, is the quickest path to love in the here + now. She creates events that disrupt the status quo by injecting incredible beats with the intention to let wild our most liberated badassery. Her DJ sets meet you in the moment, and invite you on a physio-sonic trip into a newer, bigger you. Her weekly emails deliver extraordinary beats to thousands of music-hungry dancing maniacs. Sign up at tashablank.com.