If Invent (verb) means to create or design, or to make up (an idea, name, story, etc.), especially so as to deceive. Then Reinvent must mean to create, design, or make up again.
I have been thinking about this lately. As I listen to my new favorite artist, Ed Sheeran, singing from an older EP that I recently downloaded. For those non-techies like me, an EP, Extended Play, is a musical recording that contains more than a single but less than an album.
On this EP, there are several recordings of the same song. Different versions, some live, some not. Mostly I hear Ed's soul coming through once again. He truly is a romantic wordsmith.
As I listen to him singing I wonder, is he reinventing himself as he sings? Or is he just refining what is all ready there? Do people reinvent themselves? And if they do, are reinventions really accurate perceptions or just more deception? Still the 'man behind the curtain'?
Which brings me to me.
Have I reinvented myself? I don't think so. I think what others are seeing is what has always been there. I liken myself to a turtle. I pulled my head in to protect myself, and now I feel safe to show myself the world. I feel like the me that I am allowing to now show has just been waiting to be unveiled. I feel I was waiting for the right moment to poke my head out from inside my shell. Maybe I've transformed just a bit...as a caterpillar does when it goes into it's chrysalis. Does it change or just refine what is all ready there on the inside?
Sometimes we show ourselves in ways we think others want us to show ourselves. Silly isn't it? But typical in our society today.
Jokingly I was asked recently, "You're so damn happy. What's your problem?"
The answer my friends, Life is Short.
Tonight's Music: My recent purchase, and you can listen to the whole thing for free on Spotify! Go to Spotify.com and search for Ed Sheeran, albums, 5.