Lobsters are my animal role models.
When lobsters are growing, they have to painfully rub themselves against their own hard, sharp shell, until they physically burst through the shell that’s supposed to protect them.
They then spend some time hiding from predators, as they are completely naked and vulnerable. It’s not until they’re able to slowly secrete their new shell that they can once again move in the world less fearful of being eaten.
Growth is painful, and it can leave you feeling raw, vulnerable, and exposed.
But it’s also the only way to truly grow.