Although we would all love a colour-less, status-less, blind society, the truth is that our outward appearance is almost always the first impression that people have of us. For this reason, most of us spend time, money, effort, and thought into how we look, and thus how we present ourselves to the world. This is why there is a certain type of outfit for a job interview, and a certain pair of shoes to wear to a first date. As much as we dislike it, or don't agree with it, our appearance dictates a lot of how we interact with the world.
"We are all born with a unique genetic blueprint, which lays out the basic characteristics of our personality as well as our physical health and appearance... And yet, we all know that life experiences do change us."
-- Joan D. Vinge
The natural optimist in me sees this as a constant opportunity to re-invent how you look, which in turn affects how you feel. For me, every time I get a haircut, I feel like I am presenting a better version of myself then my previous one. Does that make sense? Or perhaps its a new watch, or a fresh cologne, but these these subtle and small changes are actually the perfect opportunity to reinvent your outward appearance.
Movies and television shows often depict a transformational montage of a pair of tweezers, losing glasses, tons of make-up, and expensive clothing, to result in a completely new - and stereotypically attractive - person. But in the real world, its those small and simple changes that work at slowly chipping out our best self. Each new piece I add to my wardrobe, or new product I use in my hair or on my skin, or new wallet or watch that I wear, is a demonstration of re-invention, and another small step into the person I am trying to become.
Because the truth is, why else do we purchase things? Spend money on skin creams, on new bags, on jeans? Its not to continue our constant state of being. It is to push forward and progress. Progression is our most natural evolution, and this is why I truly believe in using this as a subtle form of reinvention. If there is something you don't love so much, take small steps (or small purchases) to begin that transformation in yourself.
Me, what am I re-inventing? As you may have noticed, I am constantly going about re-inventing almost everything. Maybe its the creative mind in me, but I always am looking forward to the next 'me'.