Any change in your life, good or bad, means reinventing yourself. Your morals, your values, how you treat others, expectations from yourself and others, will all change.
Within this change, you will find out things about yourself that you never knew were there. Broadening your thinking will give you new insights and experiences. How you do this is up to you, but the only way to move forward in life is to listen and learn. Listen to the people around you, eavesdrop, really look at your surroundings, soak it up, learn as much as you can. This is your life.
Change does not have to be bad. When you get that big promotion, when you get married, something as small as buying new clothes, you can reinvent yourself.
When you realize what you are doing and accept any change, it feels all warm and fuzzy inside. Accomplishments are satisfying, being proud of yourself, your self-esteem goes up, more confident, other people can see this confidence.
The disabled community, and minority communities are perfect examples of reinventing themselves. Adjusting and adapting to their surroundings, discrimination, to their disabilities, are all constants in the lives of minority communities.
Most of the time, this reinvention is not by choice. Did I choose to have a blood clot burst in the back of my head? Of course not. But it happened and completely turned my life upside down. It ruined my life, but I am still alive and making the most out of the gifts that I have. That's the reason I'm here, to help others in my community.
I know what discrimination feels like in the disabled community. I can't imagine what other minority groups go through.
There are hundreds of thousands, even millions of people out there that are examples of this strength to never give up. Pay attention to them because they have lived a life that most people can't even imagine. Each day these individuals wake up and go about their day and keep living.