(Part 4 of 7)
There’s a lot to risk during the process of reinventing oneself. To me, Pedro is the person who asks “what have i got to lose?”, “to fear?” These are important questions when reinventing oneself. We’re introduced to Pedro as he’s in the middle of reinvention. He’s moved to a new school from another country (Juarez, Mexico).
Pedro isn’t looking for reinvention for the sheer thrill of reinvention. He’s actually following his heart too, much like Kip. His attraction to a new social environment brings out the best in him. Pedro is fearless. His willingness to be brave is a major contributing factor to him running for class president.
In an effort to win votes, Pedro gives the best speech he knows how. He is authentic, passionate - even with stoic facial expression. It motivates no one. With the advice of Napoleon he ends his short speech with “Vote for me, and all your wildest dreams will come true.” Although a comical hyperbole, if we listen between the lines we can hear Pedro telling his classmates that he’ll do all he can for them to be happy.
He’s really directing his speech to the weak, unpopular outsiders. And in doing so his reinvention rises. He is crying out to all “let me be your representative for all who are trying to change themselves” For as he reinvents himself with their help, he, in turn, will reinvent them with his Presidential power.
Pedro teaches us that social reinvention of oneself is achieved through selfless fulfillment and with the acceptance of others. He celebrates this social reinvention at the park with his family and a cake with the wording “El Presidente”. He’s definitely reached the peak of his potential and he didn’t succeed alone. He had the support of Deb and Napoleon. We learn that Pedro won’t be here at this spot in his reinvention for much longer. He’ll soon lean into further reinvention. With new friends, a political stage, and great support from family and dedicated friends, we see that Pedro is going to be a constant of finding ways to reinvent himself.
(To Be Continued with Deb)