It sneaks up on us all of a sudden, on that one day when we’re sitting in front of the telly, eating ice cream from the tub, feeling the fat cells pop as they stretch to accommodate more cellulite. Or when we get back home from a particularly stressful day at work and dread the thought of going back to the office the next day, wondering in despair if this is what life is going to be, a series of terrible days and mornings woken up with no carpe diem excitement.
We look at ourselves in the mirror and we see room for improvement, and nothing is holding us back from our ideal selves in our head, except our own determination to get there. And this could be nothing to do with appearance and helping a plastic surgeon get his third vacation home. We’ve all done this on a smaller scale occasionally, gone in for a drastic hair cut that drastically redefined what we perceived ourselves as, changing hair colour, throwing out the preferred wardrobe and experimenting with a new look or by taking up a hobby course in photography perhaps, knowing that photography is a passion that lurks on the sidelines, waiting for us to give it the attention it deserves.
Reinventing ourselves completely is something we shy away from, we’ve fallen into comfortable modes of dressing, behaving, looking, dealing with others, we worry about how people will respond to the new us. Professionally we are terrified about how reinventing ourselves will affect our career graph, whether choosing to shift track from say marketing to an artisanal baker will change our lives. Most of the times though the only thing that holds us back from being the person we want to be is, we ourselves.
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