|March 15, 2011||Posted by Carrie under "me" movement, about me, body image, inspiration|
Yesterday, I posted a picture of my daughter and me at Disneyland. When I looked at the picture, I thought it was a very unflattering image. My eyes were drawn immediately to the parts of my body that I’m the least happy with. I posted them anyway, not without some trepidation.
Later yesterday I saw some pictures of a buddy on Daily Mile. He had competed this weekend in a cross country ski race and posted some pictures. All I saw when looking at the pics was a strong person, competing in a cool looking sport. On the caption of the picture, he had commented that the layering under his lycra ski gear wasn’t very flattering.
I didn’t see anything unflattering about the picture.
I got the race pictures from my last 5K. While I love the pictures, I hate how I pick myself apart when looking at them. I know I should think – ‘cool, look at that, I can run a 5K’. But, I also saw the negative – and, to be completely honest, I cropped out the bottom half of my body on purpose.
We are our own harshest critics.
I had a conversation about this with my daughter over the weekend. About how we are really hard on ourselves and that we need to lighten up. At 10, she does it too. Thankfully she isn’t hard on herself about body issues, but she does dwell on events that didn’t go as planned.
That’s why I love reading blogs and participating in internet challenges. I need the reminder that we all have struggles. I need the reminder that we need to lighten up on ourselves. No one is perfect. Life is a journey for all of us. Let’s do it the best we can.
Have a great one! How are you going to be nice to yourself today?