Its never too late to reinvent yourself: This has to be by favorite quote and I keep on quoting this always when people ask me to write something crisp in my bio or introduction.
In India its a common perception that most people, especially women, cannot or should not do certain things after a certain age or being in a certain bracket (wife, mother). Growing up, I had seen the same where people would stick to the age old monotonous ways of living life. They would be scared or reluctant to reinvent or try out new things.
First thing that I reinvented was parenting. As a first-time parent with no references around, I had stuck to the old school parenting methods of being too strict or too “parenty!” But as my child grew, I as a mother also started growing up. I realized that times have changed and parenting also needs reinvention. I tweaked and reinvented myself as a mother being a “parent” but at the same time being a friend to my children. I adapted to the changing times and now I can proudly say that I am a buddy to my teenage kids and my kids’ friends find me as an understanding and “cool” mom. It was a gradual process and took time but I succeeded as I had decided to reinvent.
I have always tried to keep myself updated in terms of my thought process, the way I present myself, my ideas. I am in my 40s now and I try to learn something new from my teen kids and their generation. Not everything that the new generation does is bad! I try to pick up new interests and try to imbibe positive things from others.
Gone are the days when women had to “retire” post 40s or dress up or “behave” as per their “age”. Life is very short. Live your dreams, be happy and positive, and always remember to reinvent yourself.