It seems appropriate that after an unheard-of week of silence on the blog, I come back to you with a bouquet of forget me nots. I hope you didn’t forget me, I certainly thought a lot about you while I was on tour over the last couple of weeks.
Of course the buying activity is one of the new things that I do since I started the blog, and so many new doors have opened up for me. All part of the reinvention thing …. or is it?
Last week I had an interesting discussion with a friend about the word ‘reinvention’. If you have read the blog for a while you will know that I am a firm believer in the concept of reinvention, in starting over, and enjoying the next stage in our lives, no matter what our age, young or old.
The friend in question took issue with my use of the word ‘reinvention’. “You haven’t invented a new you”, she told me, ” because whatever you are today, was already inside you just waiting for the right moment to come to the forefront ….”
I get her point. So what are we doing as we go through life, stepping into new roles, filling new shoes, discovering new talents or passions? If we are not reinventing ourselves but simply bring to the the forefront facets of our personality that had never had the opportunity to shine, then what shall we call it?
And what I like the most about this discussion is that it makes the whole reinvention thing feel more attainable. We are not trying to become something new, but simply opening up a door on to a part of ourselves that hasn’t yet had a chance to shine ….
So I wonder if you can help me with the vocabulary. If we are not going to call this luxury to ease into a new stage of life “reinvention”, then which word shall we use? Rediscovery? Unveiling? Remodelling ? ….. the jury is still out here, but I’d love to know what you think.