It is challenging not to succumb to the pressures of society’s expectations and the way the media presents the “ideal”. I wish there were an easy way to offer guidance, I wish there were words to fully express (and help you fully understand) how perfect you already are, I wish we could start a revolution that would result in people everywhere loving themselves and their bodies.
I met a 76 year old woman (Muriel) at the gym the other day and she knocked my socks off. She is a fellow military wife, a fellow European and very chatty. Muriel has run 79 marathons in her life (Wow!!) and sadly “confessed” that she can only run half-marathons these days. She also shared that she and her husband spend 10+ hours at the gym every week and then she does “just” a 3-mile run most days. I was humbled and in awe of her zest for life and then…she pinched a half-inch at her belly and told me that all would be perfect if she could just get rid of THIS.
It did not matter what I said or how I worded my protests, Muriel was adamant that her body was not perfect.
So, what can I say here that could possibly make a difference, have an impact?
One of the most significant role models in my life is Gandhi and I try very hard to live by his best known quote – “We must be the change we wish to see in the world”
If I want to start a revolution then I must be willing to walk my talk. I hope you choose to join me; here are a few things you can do to join the march:
- Every time you see yourself in the mirror, tell yourself how gorgeous you are and how perfectly you are made. (I use “pure, perfect and complete” often to support me through my days)
- Make healthy choices because you are perfectly made and surely that deserves the best … food, exercise and nothing that can cause harm.
- Stop dyeing your hair, shaving your legs, overspending on clothes etc…; own who you are, how you are (the color you are!!)
- Use only words of love and kindness when talking about yourself. (When I feel like I could be a better version of myself, I say “well, next time you will know better how to do/say/act”)
- Accept a compliment (don’t deflect it).
This list could be endless but as the proverb says “A journey of 1,000 miles begins with a single step”. I hope you will step in to the abundance that is your birth right and join the revolution.