What are we thinking when we say that? Is the plan to pull apart our DNA and restring it? Shall we just set aside those skills and talents we came with? Genetics doesn’t work like that. Our DNA is coded with four letters A, C, T, and G. The order in which they’re set not only differentiates us from other species, but also from each other, except our identical twin.
We can’t just toss aside the A, C, T, and G to reach in a box of letter beads to recode a new set of letters we like better. We can’t really even rearrange our current code with any sense of surety.
Add to that the wealth of experience that has brought us from the moment we gave our first cry and opened our eyes to this moment in time. That experience has moved, molded, and made us into unique beings. We can’t relive our experiences either.
Our genetics and our experience are the foundation of who we are. They have burned the pathways in our brains that move and manage information. They have set the personal comfort zones that we find in the human experience. If we try to deny those foundations, to become something other, we end up a bad facsimile. We can’t replace bits of our being the way an inventor might change out a set of wheels for skis.
Reinvention is futile.
I can’t reinvent myself into you.
You can’t reinvent yourself into me.
But you can reconnect to the best that you are.
And I can reconnect to the best that I am.
People and stars are made of the same stuff. And as every star is shines with its own brilliance, so do we. When we reconnect to that we know deep in our genes and our experience, we become a richly alive, unique human being.
Even the smallest star shines with it’s own brilliant light. And we are like the stars. No one brings what you are. No one can replace you. No one can shine as you.
What’s irresistible is the brilliance you are.
Reinventing yourself is futile. Connecting to your brilliance is powerfully fruitful.
The world will be just that much brighter when you do.
–ME “Liz” Strauss
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