How often have you had the longing to escape the doldrums of your current circumstance? The wish to reinvent yourself? To start over?
The magic of reinvention doesn’t lie in moving to another state, leaving your family or significant other, or changing jobs. Those things might be catalysts to motivate you, or even by-products in the long run, but they alone do not change you.
Reinvention comes when we forgive ourselves, accept our past, relinquish its power over us, and start making choices based solely on what is right for us.
Reinvention seems easier when you’re surrounded by strangers and have yet to have been cast a role in their play.
But, reinvention starting from where you are today, that’s courageous. What’s more, it’s authentic. And, if we’re being honest, at that point, it’s really less about adopting a new personality and much more about allowing your true self to grow and mature.
Growth is not easy. It is not a quick fix. It is messy and heart wrenching and ultimately beautiful.
We do not grow absolutely, chronologically. We grow sometimes in one dimension, and not in another; unevenly. We grow partially. We are relative. We are mature in one realm, childish in another. The past, present, and future mingle and pull us backward, forward, or fix us in the present. We are made up of layers, cells, constellations.
– Anais Nin