In stories and legends, birds often have the role of, for example, a leader, initiator or messenger. Even today we can learn a lot from birds. We can see these animals as little teachers: they make us think about ourselves when we take the trouble to observe them. Birds, in their spontaneity and lightness, have much to tell us and they offer us some valuable lessons. One of these lessons is that we have to accept that we are vulnerable at times.
Ending and starting over
Also in the lives of birds, just like in our lives, all kinds of things happen in which they have to deal with finiteness and starting over. An example of this is the moult: every year they lose their old feathers in order to get more beautiful and new feathers in return. Birds are used to renewing themselves every year, even if this means that they have to go through a difficult period.
As humans, we don’t know the moult, but we should also change shape every now and then. You have to dare to let something in yourself die in order to be able to renew. Changing plumage is vital for birds and actually the same applies to us with regard to changing shape. Inability to shape-shift can keep us from moving forward.
Accept that we are vulnerable sometimes
When birds are moulting, they are vulnerable. They stay in the background for a while or sometimes can’t fly well for a while. They wait for the new feathers to arrive and for them to have all their strength and beauty back: they accept that sometimes they are vulnerable. And that’s something we should do every now and then. We live in a society in which we are constantly encouraged to perform. We no longer know how to take time during the vulnerable periods in our lives to catch our breath.