“It was a queer, sultry summer, the summer they electrocuted the Rosenbergs, and I didn’t know what I was doing in New York.” —Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar (1963). Doesn’t that opening line entice you onward? I have never read that book, but now I really want to. Don’t we all want to have that effect on people from time to time? We want to have some mysterious allure that draws people to us. We want to tell a small part of our story and have people want to know more. We want to forget all the mundanity of ordinary life, all our insecurities and limiting beliefs, and know that we are interesting and beguiling.
I thought of this because I find these pictures, especially the ones with the cowboy hat and chaps, make me curious about this woman. I know just enough about her to be interested in her story. My life doesn’t involve cowboy boots and chaps ever, so right away, this girl’s world is different than mine. And that is enticing.
There are many ways to reshape your story – both the one you tell the world and the one you tell yourself. You can enter a race, take a course, join a book club, volunteer somewhere – do something that interests and challenges you. You can even do a boudoir shoot (you had to expect that recommendation!). We all have a story, and we all have the power to make it interesting and to tell it a compelling way. And even if you only ever tell that story to yourself, think of the adventures you’ll have.