So with this realization in mind, I decided to embrace all of the different versions of myself
even allow myself to reinvent myself at times.
So for example, in high school, I have to confess I was a mega-nerd.
I had no sense of fashion -- thick glasses, simple hairstyle -- you can get the idea.
I think, actually, I only had friends because I shared my homework. That's the truth.
But once at university, I was able to find a new identity for myself, and the nerd became a popular girl.
But it was MIT, so I don't know if I can take too much credit for that.
As they say over there, "The odds are good, but the goods are odd."
I switched majors so many times that my advisors joked that I should get a degree in "random studies."
I told this to my kids.
And then over the years, I have gained a lot of different identities.
I started as an inventor, entrepreneur, social innovator.
Then I became an investor, a woman in tech, a teacher.
And most recently, I became a mom, or as my toddler says repeatedly, "Mom!" day and night.
Even my accent was so confused -- its origin was so obscure, that my friends called it, "Rebecanese."