Dragonflies spend the majority of their lifetime in an immature larval state, 2-5 years before transforming into an adult. After this point they crawl from the water, break free from their shells at a soft spot on the back of their heads, and take flight. Their time spent as adults is but a small fraction compared to their larval states, only a few months. This emergence from the back of the head symbolizes an amazing spiritual awakening. It takes a great deal of time before the dragonfly totem animal arrives at this symbolic and spiritual turning point.
They transform from a water bound, emotional state, into an airborne free spirit tempered with the great knowledge of their experiences. The meaning here is that we must all reach a point in our lives where we step beyond our youthful selves. Despite spending years forming bad habits, we must break free from these behaviors and reinvent ourselves in a symbolic awakening. You must dig deep into what shapes your personality, and leave behind those parts of yourself that are limiting.