Madonna has marketed various versions of herself throughout the years, from her earlier not-quite-a virgin-white-wedding-dress days to her punk-rock style, from Material girl to diamond clad Marilyn Monroe, to the gangster and futuristic characters she brings to her current persona. She exhibited these versions of herself in one particular number where she seemed to scorn them as she sang her hit, She’s Not Me.
While Madonna is a master at re-invention, after reflecting on the concert, I suddenly realized that Madonna, in a way, could represent the many “selves”, other than our authentic self, that we can all hide behind at work, at home, in all aspects of our life. It is this need to reinvent oneself that can be our biggest asset or a slow, deadly slide.
This reflection hit home for me, as during the course of this year, in particular, I have taken a deep dive into looking at my own life in a way that I have never done before. I have taken a lot of time to reflect on my career and life, and I realized, gradually than suddenly, that for most of my life, I stood behind myself, looking in a mirror of expectations and found that I was reflecting back a stranger. I had in fact re-invented myself through the years.
In the course of trying to live more “Fiercely”, I decided to take my life into my hands and take on the daily challenge of “coming out from behind myself, into the conversation, to make it real”. This is where my authentic self sat staring back at me. What version of yourself is on stage today? And, is that version your authentic self?