A rite of passage is a ritual that marks transition from one phase of life to another. It goes from adolescence to adulthood, but also births, initiations, marriages, endings or death. Each culture has unique ways to mark these passages.
Although we know that we will pass through many of these phases in a lifetime, and that they are part of our evolution, we tend to feel at loss with change. I thought of this when watching birds returning from a migration period, a long journey away from winter temperatures.
Their presence is announcing spring’s arrival. Nature has set the path, so why resist?
We seem to know better what and how to change the world and people’s behaviors. And yet, we mostly neglect to acknowledge that we need to change as well.
Difficult life events bring us to feel a ‘winter turmoil’ that invites us to migrate, just like the birds. Without going after the opportunities that these tough events may trigger, we cannot grow and reach our better spring times.
We should simply watch nature working and trust its design. There is always a reason for everything.
And at least for us humans, inwards, is the place we have to migrate to, if we are to transform ourselves…and the world.
I am submitting this quote to Silver Threading Writer’s Quote Wednesday.
If you are interested to read about Birds migration, read here:
“At northern latitudes, such as northern Europe, most of the breeding bird species are migratory and leave for some period of the year. In most areas of the world, climate and/or food availability varies over a year. This means that annual movements, in order to increase survival, can be advantageous everywhere.
For a bird to fly hundreds or thousands of miles between its breeding and non-breeding ranges is a dangerous journey, and not all birds survive.They migrate anyways, every spring and fall. It all comes down to survival. It is for two reasons – food and breeding – that birds migrate.
Migration is key to the large and fascinating diversity of birds in the world. It is nature’s ecosystem working at its best. If no birds migrated, food supplies in breeding areas would be exhausted, and many chicks would starve. There would also be fierce competition for nesting sites, and predators would be attracted to the high concentrations of breeding birds and easy meals of nestlings.
The variation in migratory behaviour is extremely large; some birds move only short distances, while others can migrate vast distances to wintering areas in the southern hemisphere. Some species move on broad fronts while others follow very narrow routes. Irruptive movements occur in several northern species in response to food shortage.
- The word migration comes from the Latin migratus that means “to change” and refers to how birds change their geographic locations seasonally.
- Migration peaks in spring and fall, but in reality, there are birds migrating 365 days a year. The actual dates of when birds migrate depends on many factors, including bird species, migration distance, travel speed, route, climate and more.”