A fledgling is a young bird that has left the nest but does not yet have all its adult plumage and is still fed by its parents. Fledglings are capable of flying but are inexperienced and may seem reluctant to fly and may show difficulty with landings, takeoffs and distance flight.
And lets not get them confused with nestlings who don’t have any flight feathers and are still completely dependent on their parents.
This is a perfect metaphor for describing the many individuals who have had to live with their parents after they legally became adults to stay financially afloat in this unpredictable economic landscape. Or I can use it to accurately describe MY position in life at the moment.
“As the feathers continue to grow (as the person gains more life experience), the bird (individual) will gain more flying skills (life skills) and their plumage (awesomeness) will become indistinguishable from adult birds” (other awesome, well-rounded and established individuals).
Okay, well maybe that isn’t a perfect deconstruction of the metaphor but it works for me! The only discrepancy I can find in this comparison is the fact that birds can not and do not go back and forth between nestling to fledgling to adult, back to fledgling and then, with a major setback, back to nestling.
But humans, in our complicated world of constant change, can go through numerous stages/chapters of life. A lot of us have the luxury and time to conduct experiments in our lives and try new things to make our lives more fulfilling.
That’s what I’m doing right now. It took me six months to finally transform my curiosity and desire to start a blog into the action of starting and writing this blog today. I’m so glad I took the first step and I hope you’ll enjoy following me on this journey. It took a few activating events to lead me to this place of search and discovery which I will share with you in following posts.