I see in this riddle a sensitive person searching for the meaning of it all. I like that. Some never search, never question but follow some dogma instead, reacting instead of thinking. The Tiger/woman pic is great.
I know this may seem off target but we are integrations in time. Finite concatenations, in this is the essence of consciousness' constituency. I say make it work for you and it will become the key to unlocking yourself. There is something to be said for moving slowly. Perhaps more intellectual than emotional but we are sentient animals. We owe it to ourselves.