I heard a very profound statement yesterday that altered the course of my life immediately. "Reinvent yourself!", the speaker said as I sat intently listening to his every word. I thought about these words and realized it was the very thing I needed to hear most in that moment. The very answer to the question I didn't even know I had been asking. As our lives and the world around us change, so do we, and some of us don't know that we are allowed too.
The goals I've set for myself have been the same for so long that just about anyone who knows me even a little bit could recite them back to me. So imagine me confused when I woke up a week ago and all of sudden those things didn't seem so urgent. In my excited heart was the birth of even bigger, riskier goals that would take me on a slightly different path that I never imagined I would want. I was afraid of what my friends, family, and colleagues would think and found myself trying to explain the reason behind every decision change or circumstance. Somehow I thought it would be the validation that would bring peace, understanding, and "forgiveness" for ultimately not being sure about my next step in life.
"It's okay to reinvent yourself and it doesn't matter what other people think because it's your life and only you can tell you what you want out of it.", he said with convicted enthusiasm as he waited for us to catch the revelation. With a much needed exhale, my body relaxed and I understood that it was time for a mind-set shift, time for me to REINVENT ME.
I don't know exactly what this "new me" will ultimately look like as I shed off the fear of the unknown and people pleasing. What I do know is that change is okay and you don't always have to know how everything will turn out. The point is to live. Remember, there is no blueprint for your life. Change happens whether you are ready for it or not and it's up to you to choose your attitude. Decide what you want out of life and be the best you you can be. The rest will take care of itself.