A life of reinvention

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It wasn?t because I was forced into a cave due to abrasive words against pop culture references. Neither was it due to an assassination attempt by an elite and secret group of Lady Gaga ninjas. Neither was it voluntary. No matter how many times I had wished and threatened to drop everything and go to a secluded place, things, myself included, seem to manage to make that thought remain as, well, a thought. The dozen of books that I had acquired across the years are gathering dust and will remain to gather dust. Due to a bought-book deprived childhood, I swore early in my salaried life that I will buy at least one book every month. That excludes the books that I bought as a habit while on travel, both domestic and international. I have books that I bought from Powell?s Bookstore in Portland, Oregon 12 years ago that I haven?t touched it up to now. By the way, for those who will traverse the American northwest in the future, do drop by at Powell?s. That place is the booklover?s version of Target or SM City. The store covers a whole block and that?s just for the general reference section. Their technical section is on another street. The best thing about Powell?s is that they not only sell the brand news books which what Amazon.com is for (go get the Kindle). They also sell pre-owned books that used to be somebody?s fine collection. It is common to find there leather bounded tomes ascribed to Dickens, Kipling, and the Greek classics. For those who are enamored by 50 Shades of Grey, they will find something more interesting in the non-computer printed versions of the works of the Marquis de Sade. Read those and be ready to be really blown away. My absence was not due to anything surreal or special though. No, I didn?t get married. At least not yet. I am talking about change. In particular, I made a career change. Reinventing oneself is not an easy thing to do. Somebody who says otherwise is lying. Aside from sleepless nights and anxious days, reinvention, even if consciously induced, can be a jarring experience. The irony of it stems from the reason why somebody needs to reinvent in the first place. And usually, it is due to the often repeated justification of not resting in somebody?s laurels. Realistically, it is just boredom or the seeming monotony of existence. Unless, the reinvention was due to some drastic circumstances like your CEO running away with the company?s cash or the pretty secretary. The changing of one?s career, no matter miniscule, will trigger a series of events in one?s life that we all hope not to be unfortunate. No matter how small the change, the effect will be larger later on. This thought scares a lot of people and they do have the reason to be scared. While it is innate for a person to look for a change, it is expected from the same person to be afraid of it. Anything unknown is always scary. At the same time, such events in our lives also prove that people can transcend it. There is no way to determine how much a person can do or not do until challenges are in front of that person. In that regard, the term coming full circle in one?s life is not entirely correct. The fact is that we can no longer revert to what we were. No matter how much we try, things have changed. The circumstances of the past will have a different nature and context. The more definite we know about the past, the more the present becomes different and the future, unfamiliar. Anyway, in my relatively, young (ehem) life, I can count a couple of reinventions. I am an IT guy and had gone through different iterations of the profession. I am a teacher and did public relations once, too. Some were successful. A lot were train wrecks. The curious part is that no matter how many wrecks there were, and the successes are little, the latter would always put a smile on your face. When I look back all the way to the beginning, I can definitely say change, particularly reinvention, is one heck of a ride. And I am far from done. Bob Noyce, founder of Intel once said, ?Don?t be encumbered by past history. Go off and do something wonderful.? Big words, perhaps. But who knows? That small change you will do with your life or career can be that wonderful thing that will enthrall the world. Or just be yourself. Either way, it will be special. ]]>

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