Your true essence is unchangeable but you can choose a different identity at any time. Your identity is who you see yourself to be; as you express this identity, it becomes the ‘package’ by which others identify you.
If you’re no longer inspired by the way you see yourself and others see you, you can adopt a new identity by changing your beliefs, choosing to accentuate other personality traits, emphasizing different values, or adding a new flavor to your self-expression.
Our beliefs and values can change overtime, and what used to define you strongly may no longer be an authentic part of you.
Our bodies know this instinctively. Our bodies are in a state of constant transformation and renewal. On average, our small intestine and stomach cells turnover every 3 days. Our bones renew their osteoclasts every two weeks. Our skin sheds every 10 – 30 days, depending on our age.
Up until very recently, it was believed that our heart cells could not regenerate.
Each morning, we awake a slightly new and fresh version of ourselves.
Yet we continue to judge ourselves. We are especially good at judging our old selves. We practice self-judgement every time we compare who we are with who we should be.
Yet, every day we are given the opportunity to be someone new.
The practice of putting down the score card of assessment and focusing on loving our selves as we are – in constant transformation – is the perfect anecdote.