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Friday, June 5, 2009

June: Transforming yourself

Between 4th grade and high school, Jenna transforms herself into a different person physically and socially. Have you ever wished you could reinvent yourself? Why?


Lorie Ann Grover said...

Oh, my. I HAD TO reinvent myself when my ballet career hit the brick wall because I grew too tall.

All at once, I left a private school and dance. I was wondering who in the world I was!

It took a bit of floundering, dreaming, and stepping out to find my new voice and expression.

Kami Garcia said...

A million times... mostly when I was in HS. I was a hard person to get to know - guarded I guess. Back then, I wanted to be one of those really open girls that trusted everyone & smiled all the time instead of writing in my journal & keeping a tight circle. I also wanted to be tall. That didn't work out either.

It was hard to be me.

Dia Calhoun said...

To stay alive, vibrant, you must contantly keep re-inventing yourself throughout your life. It's all about transformation. That's why I love YA lit.

Little Willow said...

I transform into a different character every time I'm on stage or in front of a camera, but each of them has a piece of me.

Shelf Elf said...

I don't think I've ever really completely transformed myself. I've moved on to try new things and different things have become more important to me or less important over time, but I'm still the person I was, in essence, since I was a girl.

I have dreamed about becoming an entirely different person, living a different life. The fantasy usually involves living in Paris and winning the lottery! :)

Beth Kephart said...

Love this.

Think the world of her.

Melissa Walker said...

Every summer I wanted to reinvent myself and show up at school as a more social, more fashionable, more cheerful person! It never quite worked as dramatically as I wanted it to, but I think I kept getting more comfortable with who I really was in little ways.

Chelsea said...

Yes! I'm a generally shy person - not outgoing at all. For that reason, it was always difficult for me to get to know people and make new friends. I've always wanted to generally be more social, but it's just part of who I am.

I don't think I'll ever be outgoing, but I've gotten to be less shy and slightly more comfortable with who I am.

holly cupala said...

Many times! It occurs to me that a longing for reinvention and transformation are built into the human spirit, for good or for bad.