Tuesday, December 15, 2009

The Art of Reinvention

Over the past few months I've been seeing a therapist. No, I'm not crazy; I just wanted to get feedback from someone who's not invested in my life; someone who can give an unbiased opinion. At one session I compared myself to a building. I wanted to demolish the building down to the foundation and reconstruct myself. I've gone through life using building blocks and tools from other's buildings; the mortar and brick of religion, the nails and rods of other's worry and pain. Now that my building is almost complete, I see nothing of myself. My therapist was astonished by my epiphany. Her face brightens as she questioned how I would deconstruct 31 years of my life and rebuild from the aftermath.

People go through renovation periodically. Harper's Bazaar had a great article in its new January 2010 issue on reinvention. The article focused on celebrities and designers like Madonna (the master of physical reinvention), Marc Jacobs and Karl Lagerfeld. These individuals took their physical appearance and molded themselves into the symbols they are today.

A major renovation of self is displayed by the ex-escort gone columnist, Ashley Dupre. The escort of former New York Governor, Eliot Spitzer. She has transformed herself, with the help of the New York Post, from madam to sex and relationship columnist.

I am starting my journey of reconstruction and renovation, but how does one renovate themselves internally?


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