Reinventing yourself vs rediscovering yourself. How to reinvent or rediscover myself?

Finding yourself.

Every so often we find ourselves at a time in our life when we feel a change of self or direction is required and desired. You contemplate your current situation and the way you feel about yourself at these pivotal or significant time's.

There will be moments, if you have not experienced them already, when you feel you are no longer the person you once were. Maybe you are no longer happy being the person you have become, or you wish to strive to take active steps to emerge as the person you really want to be.

When these thoughts and feelings manifest themselves, many questions arise. like who am I? And where is life taking me? After some thought and consideration, you will inevitably have some choices and decisions to grapple with.

How you deal with this new change in direction usually falls either on the side of reinvention and a new forward thinking projected identity. Or looking inwardly at your core values and rediscovering yourself (at least in some respects) from the you of the the past.

In today's society we often come across many forms of reinvention and rediscovery, depending on the need of the brand, company or product and what image they want to portray. Something that has fallen into favour one day could quite as easily be dismissed the next.

However when we are looking at reinvention and rediscovery in regards to an individual, we can not afford to be as fickle, after all it is dictating the path of a personal journey, not an idea for the latest advertising campaign or fashion trend.

To decide if what you are seeking is to rediscover or reinvent, you first have to consider quite carefully the options that are presented before you and ultimately what you hope to eventually achieve.


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Reinvention.

Reinvention is something that has become very popular among many in the music industry, in terms of not only there music but also in terms of there image. The look, attitude and sound that was once favoured, soon becomes tired and needs revamping in order to continue to be successful. This works well when trying to gain a new audience or to reflect their coming of age or their growing experience. 

Similarly it is something the fashion industry do regularly in regard to clothes, taking a look that was once popular a decade or many decades before and transforming it, by using new prints, fabrics, cuts or lengths. Bringing it up to date, so to speak.

Companies reinvent themselves frequently by changing there image to appeal to a new customer base. Or representing themselves as a healthier and more etical brand, as this is what consumers are now looking for from their purchases.

Is it for me?

Reinvention is about forward thinking, change, new ideas and doing something different. It will be for you if you are looking for a whole new way of life, mindset and you feel like you are in need of a fresh start. If you like to keep things moving and try new things this would be for you.

If you have done what you have always done, you will get what you have always got, if things are not working well for you, try to reinvent your life in a way that does work.

The beauty of reinvention is that it is something you can experiment with and do over again, as many times as you like. Each time discovering something you never knew existed about yourself or the wider world.

After trying many incarnations of yourself however, chances are you may decide you have found out everything you need to know about reinvention or you've tried reinvention and it didn't work for you. Maybe you very quickly came to the conclusion that it's not for you, just by reading this. Maybe rediscovery is the way to go.


Rediscovery.

Sometimes in life we become lost, we become so removed from the people we once were, that we start to question, who we really are and what we really stand for.

This happens a lot in society, we progress so far and a such a speed that often it is too late to notice that you have made a mistake until it's happened. And because either many other people have made that mistake along with you or the problem has persisted for such a significant amount of time, it makes it difficult to see a way out by progressing any further, therefore the only way is to look back at what has worked before.

Our cooking and eating habits have reverted back to the traditional, family eating together around the table and making a meal from scratch. Because microwave meals in front of the telly, were demonstrating detrimental effects, which of course in high insight, it would.

Similarly not wasting food or resources and making do and mending, is by far more preferable then throwing away things that needn't be. Saving money and valuing things in your possession, makes for a better world, then everything being regarded as disposable. It was just a shame that it took a recession for us to realize that.

Rediscovery is about being true to yourself, it's about finding out what makes you, you. It's thinking about your core values and what is important to you, looking back at things that were already good and maybe even remembering, vital aspects about what makes you happy, that may have been forgotten.

Truth is we can learn a lot from the past and all the important lessons it has to teach us. Yet we still, to greater or lesser degrees, cover up who we really are, with what we think or feel we should be. Which unfortunately is of little help to anyone.


Redifine and redevelope.

Can you achieve the best of both worlds? Yes, the world both externally and internally is ever changing, we all reflect and adapt to that, what works for you is something you have to discover for yourself, no one can tell you how you should live your life or what is going to make you happy. You may have to experience many different things in life and ask a great many questions, before you can make an informed decision. You will probably fail before you find success, but that's OK too. Nobody has all the answers or gets it right first time.

Rediscovery verses reinvention, it's generally not really one or the other but a combination of both, depending on your desired goal.

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wrenfrost56 4 years ago from U.K. Author

Thank-you robie2, as ever I enjoy reading your hubs also. :)


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wrenfrost56 4 years ago from U.K. Author

Thank-you robie2, as ever I enjoy reading your hubs also. :)


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robie2 4 years ago from Central New Jersey

Excellent advice. Life is all about change and re-inventing oneself at different stages is part of it-- it's both the good news and the bad news. Love what you had to say. Thumbs up!


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wrenfrost56 6 years ago from U.K. Author

Thank-you very much Lita, I'm glad you liked my hub. :)


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Lita C. Malicdem 6 years ago from Philippines

Self-reinvention and re-discovery! I had the best read here. Even at my advanced age, I believe in your inputs here. Very informative, very inspiring.Thanks for sharing your thoughts.


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wrenfrost56 6 years ago from U.K. Author

Thank-you very much Polly, I really enjoyed your hub 'Too many toys' and look forward to reading more in the future. :)


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Polly C 6 years ago from UK

This is an excellent hub, I really enjoyed reading it. It's so true - life carries us along on its path, then suddenly the path changes; we have changed and we have to adapt and rediscover what we really want in order to get the most out of our lives. Thank you for a good read :)


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wrenfrost56 6 years ago from U.K. Author

Thank-you for your comment The original Eman, glad you liked my hub.


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The original Eman 6 years ago from london

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wrenfrost56 6 years ago from U.K. Author

Thank-you again for commenting Moulik Mistry.


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Moulik Mistry 6 years ago from Burdwan, West Bengal, India

So full of vibrant thoughts - we have so much within ourselves and to rediscover ourselves we have got to delve deep within and if we succeed, we could change ourselves...


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wrenfrost56 6 years ago from U.K. Author

Thank-you for your comment poetlorraine, I am glad you enjoyed my hub.


poetlorraine 6 years ago

i so enjoyed this hub sometimes a change in yourself can be involuntary, and hard to handle. This was helpful


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wrenfrost56 6 years ago from U.K. Author

Thank-you kami khan.


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wrenfrost56 6 years ago from U.K. Author

Thank-you for your comment samboiam, glad you enjoyed my hub.


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kami khan 6 years ago

i like that which have you written on the page?


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samboiam 6 years ago from Texas

What a fantastic read. My favorite part of the article was what you said about rediscovery.

Rediscovery is about being true to yourself, it's about finding out what makes you, you. It's thinking about your core values and what is important to you, looking back at things that were already good and maybe even remembering, vital aspects about what makes you happy, that may have been forgotten.

Awesome stuff. Can't wait to read more from you.


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wrenfrost56 6 years ago from U.K. Author

Thank-you for your comment Timothy Donnelly, you make some very good points indeed, your right this hub was written in a positive light as is my usual style.

I agree with you also on what you say about little changes and the motives behind which a person would want to reinvent or rediscover themselves. Thank-you again.


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Timothy Donnelly 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Nice Hub wrenfrost56, this speaks of an opportunity that inevitably crosses all of our paths. I believe that one’s persona demonstrates this change, and as such, can really be seen ‘as we go’, so to speak.

I agree with you when you state that one ought not be “fickle” when consciously choosing to make a change such as either or both of these. I think when we determine to effort this type of change we ought be conscious also not to slip into a vain, pretentious, or selfish state; but rather follow a contemplative, constructive, and fulfilling paradigm. I say this because I think that we indubitably ‘build’ upon ourselves (experiences, etc.) - even if sometimes into a regrettable and unfortunate state (hopefully temporary and repairable).

I know that your hub is written in a positive light, but some can be enamoured into thinking that change is the way to go. So as not to overwhelm or discourage the overly-enthused, I suggest that oftentimes little adjustments are all that are necessary; otherwise we may easily be seen as someone projecting an overtly ostensive persona. It is however, good to note that an apparently fledgling display would not normally be quickly regarded a fake cover, but may be accepted as an encouraging sign of healthy change (even if only experimental).

As you suggest, these changes are personal and ought to be well thought out.

Thank you for bringing forward an intriguing and well written hub.


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wrenfrost56 6 years ago from U.K. Author

Thank-you for your comment RedSelassie, glad you enjoyed my hub. :)


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wrenfrost56 6 years ago from U.K. Author

Thank-you for your comment BKCreative, I agree with you. Glad you have some time for yourself now.


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RedSelassie 6 years ago

Great hub wrenfrost56--keep it up.


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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

One of the advantages of becoming an older woman is finally finding some...time! I can reinvent and rediscover. And it is great! So many women have absolutely no time for themselves having so many roles in society. But that is something we need to reinvent - all those roles - like how to take on less, or delegate more, or know that an hour each day is yours alone and so on.

Lots of good food for thought here. Thank you!


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wrenfrost56 6 years ago from U.K. Author

Thank-you for commenting and following me Amber Allen.


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wrenfrost56 6 years ago from U.K. Author

Thank-you for your comment shazwellyn and thank-you for sharing your experience.


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wrenfrost56 6 years ago from U.K. Author

Thank-you for your comment skyfire, I am glad you enjoyed this hub. Very much enjoying your work also.


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Amber Allen 6 years ago

A very thought provoking hub. You don't need to be at a cross road to use reinvention or rediscovery as you can take small steps to readjust your direction in life. Amber


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shazwellyn 6 years ago from Great Britain

Reinventing, is a product of a change in your life which makes you anaylise and question yourself. I had a mid life crisis at 38 for a couple of years. I went from being 16 flitting to 40, trying to test out who I was. This is normal and now I have reinvented myself and have become somewhere in between.

Good hub x


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skyfire 6 years ago

Very well written wren, i like your thoughts on "reinventing",something that i always try to do within my limits. Keep writing :)


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wrenfrost56 6 years ago from U.K. Author

Thank-you for your comment FeliceA, I am glad you enjoyed my hub.


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wrenfrost56 6 years ago from U.K. Author

Keira7 it's the least I can do for all the support and encouragement you give me, thanks again my friend take care.


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FeliceA 6 years ago

nice hub! Thanks for writing it.


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keira7 6 years ago

Thanks you for the mail. I really apreciated and I return the compliment to you. Have a lovely weekend my dear good friend.:)


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wrenfrost56 6 years ago from U.K. Author

Thank-you for your comment Francine, I am a mother, but I guess I am young enough to still be optinistic. I am sorry to hear you feel burried by others expectations. Please keep your chin up, I wish you all the best, thank-you again for taking the time to comment. Take care. X


Francine Smith 6 years ago

And for those of us grounded with children, financial worries, work hours, insecurity and parents turning into children? Finding the new or even the old me, is only an option if everyone else is willing to move. But they never ever will. So reinvention or rediscovery is not an option.

You must be young free and single Wren? Well stay that way and you will be free to reinvent yourself every day. Or be burried by other's expectations.

Francine X


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wrenfrost56 6 years ago from U.K. Author

Thank-you tubbs merouge, glad you liked this hub, I'm really enjoying reading your story.


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wrenfrost56 6 years ago from U.K. Author

Thank-you for your comment firststeps to fitness, looking forward to more from you also.


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wrenfrost56 6 years ago from U.K. Author

Thank-you for your comment pinkhawk.


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wrenfrost56 6 years ago from U.K. Author

Thank-you for your comment Tony, will try to check out puupyjuice today if I find the time. :)


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wrenfrost56 6 years ago from U.K. Author

Thank-you for your comment Winsome, I agree with you, it is funny how priorities change. :)


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wrenfrost56 6 years ago from U.K. Author

Thank-you Keira, I enjoy reading your work also.


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Tubbs Merouge 6 years ago from Louisiana

Hi Wren! That was well written. I'm following the rediscovery route!!


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FirstStepsFitness 6 years ago

Profound .....well written , though provoking and inspiring . Sometimes what we seek is not from outside ourselves but from within .....


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pinkhawk 6 years ago from Pearl of the Orient

...wow! this is overwhelming, I can feel my emotions bursting, I don't know..maybe there's something inside me begging to be heard but I still don't know how to let it out or how to start the search...great I read your hub, somehow-- now I have an idea! thank you very much ma'am, great words indeed! :)


Tony 6 years ago

Myself, I believe in rediscovering yourself rather than reinventing, very good work.


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Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

Hi Wren, good food for thought here. The little grey cells are clicking between "new and improved" and reacquainting with the old me. I'm currently exploring what I would do differently if I could do it all over and it is surprising how priorities change. Blessings


Keira7 6 years ago

Hi my dear friend, sorry for the delay, I always read your hubs. I dont always write comment, but I make sure I rate them up. You produce some good quality work. I am glad to be a follower, I have learn a lot with all your work. God Bless.


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wrenfrost56 6 years ago from U.K. Author

Thank-you for your comment jayjay40.


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wrenfrost56 6 years ago from U.K. Author

Thank-you Hokey, as ever I enjoy your work also.


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wrenfrost56 6 years ago from U.K. Author

Thank-you very much TatooGuy, your comments really keep me motivated and uplift and reasure me. :)


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jayjay40 6 years ago from Bristol England

Great hub, I read it twice, so much rang true for me. Thanks you, you have given me lots to think about


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Hokey 6 years ago from In the energy.

There are many paths up the mountain and nothing changes unless I change. Thanks Wrenfrost. Great Hub!!!!


TattoGuy 6 years ago

" Truth is we can learn a lot from the past and all the important lessons it has to teach us. Yet we still, to greater or lesser degrees, cover up who we really are, with what we think or feel we should be. Which unfortunately is of little help to anyone."

That paragraph is so damn profound and just so well written, one of the best things I have read in a long time and that includes stuff from self-help published books, you have a talent !

In fact I am putting it on my profile !

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