May 06

Would You Remake Yourself?

If you could change anything about yourself, would you?

I know what immediately came to mind. The extra pounds you’d like to lose, the receding hairline you wish would come back, the crooked teeth, the acne, the bust size you’d like to augment or reduce. You know, all the flaws that you are painfully aware of. Getting rid of those pesky problems would surely make you happier, right?

My sister recently shared a blog post called “The ‘After’ Myth” from a woman who lost over 100 pounds and now weighs her ideal weight. She says that when people see her “Before” pictures, they have a certain reaction. They’re revolted by the heavy woman. They pity her. They congratulate the young woman on no longer being that woman.

But the secret is that she’s still that woman. She still has the same inner demons, and she still has the same inner strength. Nothing changed except the packaging.

A while back, I reviewed the book Remake by Ilima Todd. I have to admit, Todd makes the idea of recreating yourself so enticing. I’ve always wanted curly hair like my sister. I wouldn’t mind having more curves. Wouldn’t it be nice to just pick from a menu of features, and become exactly who you want to be?

Or maybe, we should focus less on external factors and more on internal ones. Maybe I should worry less about my hair and more about my heart. I can try harder to be kind, to reach out to others who are having a hard time. I can enjoy my most meaningful relationships. I can find moments of joy, even in hard times. And I can choose to see this body as beautiful, just the way it is.

So, would you do it? Would you remake yourself?

Watch the new book trailer for Remake and decide.

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  1. Eydie Stumpf

    WOW!!!!! Great trailer! Interesting topic indeed! Aside from the obvious weight thing – there are a few changes I’d like to make. I would like to be less fearful of asking for the things I want. Like, asking for the sale. I’m always afraid that I’ll be rejected. What did I do or say wrong to make them not want to choose me. I take these rejections personally – and I know I shouldn’t.

    Again — great topic! I’ll be discussing this with a good friend of mine tonight.

    1. Shelli Proffitt Howells

      Rejection is painful, and it’s hard not to take it personally. Our logical mind knows better, but it doesn’t seem to help much. I’d be interested to hear what your friend had to say!

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