Updated: Nov 29, 2019
"People who cannot invent and reinvent themselves must be content with borrowed postures, secondhand ideas, fitting in instead of standing out."
- Warren Bennis
The ability to reinvent yourselves is indeed the greatest gift in life. What a fantastic talent we have to live a certain way and then change our minds and completely reinvent ourselves. We can change our careers, where we live, how we look, and how we act. We can even reinvent our personalities and how we think. We have the opportunity to sculpt our lives to reflect what we want to see. We all can write the script of our life story exactly how we want. The sky is the limit to what we can mold our lives to become.
If we all have this magical gift to reinvent ourselves why do so few people take full advantage of it? Why do we feel trapped in the lives we have chosen? Why do we feel like our lives are set in stone, and we have no control to change them? Why do we accept the saying, "Well, this is just how it is" and "This is just the life God dealt me"? Didn't God give us free will to make choices?
Why do we feel as if we are "stuck" in our lives? As if our lives have been predetermined for us, and that's that? From the time we are in Lower School we are told the sequence of our future. We are to go to school, get good grades to get into a good college. After college, get a good paying job (it doesn't matter if it's not our passion or if we change our minds later). Get married, and have a couple of kids. Buy a new car, new home, and a dog. That's it! That's as far as the prescribed life goes. I suppose we live out the rest of our lives in the same town, same house, and the same job. Maybe take a week vacations once a year. It makes complete sense why we feel "stuck" and as if we don't have control. So if we have followed all the set-out rules of life why are we discontent? We did all the "right" things we should be happy. We feel trapped because this is not the life we have chosen for ourselves.
Who is keeping you in the job you hate? Who is cementing your feet so that you can not make a step? Who is holding your thoughts, ideas and believes the same? Who has decided your career?
"Life doesn't happen to you. It happens for you." -Jim Carey
Life is here for YOU to live it exactly how you want. If you are unhappy in your job, change it. Why not? You are in control of what career you have. If you desire to move to a warmer climate, move. Why not? You are in control of where you live. If you want a healthy body, have it. Why not? You control what you eat and how often you move your body.
I will not live the same year 90 times and call that life. Will you?
It's time to reinvent yourself to reflect your best life imagined! It can be scary. The unknown is always a bit scary. But, the alternative to change is to live another five years like the previous five years.
*Visualize the life you want to create for yourself.
*Believe in your ability to manifest your best experience.
*Do your research on how to achieve it.
*Find your courage! Big changes take courage.
When those around you are shocked and dismayed at the new you, hold your head high. It takes gumption to be original. Anyone can be ordinary and follow the flock, but you are extraordinary. People around you may discourage you from reinventing yourself. Don't listen! Others are always taken back by when someone steps out of line. The uniformity of life makes them feel safe. But, you are not living your life for them, you are living it for yourself.
I have a knack for reinventing myself. My daughter tells me, "Mom you are like Barbie. You've had every career. It's like you change your clothes and take on the new character." I am rarely content, which is both a blessing and a curse. I LOVE life! There is so much to see, learn, do and experience. The more times I reinvent myself, the easier it becomes because I have proven to myself that I can. In addition to being a mom of three, I have been an entrepreneur my adult life. I started a manufacturing company, a landscape company, and a recruiting firm. I have been a lifeguard, film actress, a voiceover artist, a yoga instructor, and an Innkeeper. Currently, I'm the General Contractor and designer of our home. My lifestyle is equally as diverse. I have lived on a rural farm, in the suburbs, in an RV and been a nomade while traveling the world.
You can reinvent yourself as many times as you can dream up!