Maybe something didn't work out the way you thought it should.
Maybe you need to break the mold. Be different. Bring a different flavor to the table.
Your talents and heart don't disappear. Your education and experiences are still valid. But these characteristics are uniquely yours!
Basketball players change their shot. Golfers adjust their swing. Churches change their methods of reaching people (or they should). People try new places to eat so they don't get bored. People ask each other questions in order to get to know one another, grow, and help each other.
Don't quit because something did not work out the way you intended. Maybe you were not ready for that particular place or position. Maybe that place or position was not ready for you.
You need to think outside the box.
You need to reinvent yourself.
The world is moving at lightning quick speed. Facebook is updating everyone’s business quicker than you can read the News Feed. Twitter is blasting out tweets to recipients with little time for readers to read every tweet. While the world is moving quickly, so is everything and everyone else.
Everyone must reinvent themselves at some point.
Perhaps you were a great athlete. As you get older, your body begins to age and fall apart. I realize this is a “duh moment” but you cannot tell that to the famous athletes that retired and unretired several times. While your playing days are over (or limited), you are not done! Maybe you can become a coach or study the game you played and help others who are now playing this game (like relatives).
Some people give up hobbies completely when their careers or parenting consume them. The problem with giving up all of your hobbies is that you lose that creative outlet. I'm well aware that it is difficult to find time with small children at home. However, you cannot bury your heart either because that hobby probably made you feel more alive.
Why should you reinvent yourself?
You should do it for your own peace of mind. This is not to sound selfish or like a self-help post but you need to reinvent yourself for yourself first. You cannot help others until you help yourself first.
When you look at where you are now and compare it to your past, you will remember all types of bumps and turns in the road of Life. Some events were awesome and some were traumatic; however, reinventing yourself takes you back to your heart---a very important part of you. So often, we chase our careers and goals and we forget about the simple things that once made us feel so alive. A sport, dancing, art, music---did you miss one of these? And what about this particular activity was so meaningful to you?
Reinventing yourself is simply changing your approach to life in a way that allows you opportunities to again find yourself. God created you with a desire for (name that activity). He gave you this desire because in this activity….you feel most alive. Of course, your hobby is a stress reliever but it is much bigger than that. Your hobby brings out your creative side. Your hobby makes you feel like you are a part of something bigger than yourself. You are…..a part of God’s Story. You are loved. And too...you should love.
While your hobby can bring life to you, do not allow your hobby to overtake you. Find time for your hobby that brings you joy without taking all of your time (and family time) and money. If you spend time playing a sport but all is does is frustrate you (because you stink at it!), pick another sport. I would not spend my time playing tennis or bowling; they just do not appeal to me in regards to how I spend my time or money.
Lastly, reinventing yourself does not just apply to just hobbies and how you spend your time. It might apply to your professional life. Maybe you need to learn new skills for the position you are in at work. You might need to reinvent yourself spiritually too. This does not mean giving up on your beliefs. I am suggesting the opposite; you should really seek out why you believe what you believe and why. Don’t be afraid to learn new ways to see God at work in your life.