It’s Okay to Reinvent Yourself

With all the media talk about getting back to ‘normal’ after the pandemic, it’s likely you’re feeling some pressure to reinstall your 2019 self and carry on as if the past year never happened. But we’ve been through a historical worldwide event, and it’s changed us. We’ve had months of intense isolation and psychological stress. If the you that’s reading this feels very different to the you of twelve months ago, that’s okay.

Change is part of the human journey. That’s why our films and novels feature characters who grow and develop as a consequence of their experiences. So, as we emerge from our cocoons, don’t let people make you feel bad for not wanting to be a caterpillar any more.

Covid-19 took a terrible human toll. At the time of writing, 2,961,282 people have lost their lives to the disease – a figure equivalent to the total population of Greater Manchester – and those are just the official figures.

You’ve had to absorb that scale of loss while taking precautions to avoid catching the disease yourself, so it’s no wonder your perspective might have changed. Things you thought important before might seem less so now.

Perhaps you’ve had time to re-evaluate your work/life balance. Maybe you’ve grown a beard or discovered a new skill or passion. Or perhaps you’ve decided life is too short and precarious to spend it doing something you hate.

Personally, I know I’ve changed. I’m tired but feel more comfortable in my own skin. I cut my own hair now. I feel more confident. A new chapter of my life is beginning and I feel ready to embrace it.

So, if you’ve decided you want to be seen differently and let people know you’ve changed, then do it. We only get one life, and we have to live it authentically, being true to who we are inside.

This doesn’t have to be a return to normal. Too much time has passed. Instead, you can seize the chance to make this a rebirth, a fresh start, and a brand new beginning.

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Author: Gareth L Powell


2 thoughts on “It’s Okay to Reinvent Yourself”

  1. Totally agree with you. My wish is that people & governments will learn from this pandemic and make the necessary changes to society to make our world a better place for everyone. No one is the same as they were in 2019. We were all impacted by covid.

  2. I’ll echo Elizabeth. Hopefully, the problems in our societies that the past year has laid bare are things we’ll decide to fix, rather than sweeping them back under the rug.

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