This video makes me cry every time…it is all too accurate…for me and for women I am walking through life with.
I saw this video in the summertime. It circulated around a bit and I finally watched it. It messed me up for a few weeks…As women, there is this haunting that follows us around and whispers to us our imperfections. It lures us in with comparison and causes us to feel shame, to feel doubt in ourselves, to embrace the fact that we’ve lost before the day has even begun.
I’ve struggled with self worth for years. Not to the point of hurting myself or even showing it to most people. It was always just the yuck that I would entertain in my head that I THOUGHT people were thinking about me or what I was thinking of myself…even with fully loving parents and people around me…nights of crying myself to sleep and longing to be someone different.
I would have to say, I finally let most of those thoughts go just in the past year or so…choosing to see what others see and to change how I see myself, how I treat myself, and even how I speak about myself. I still pick and poke at the parts of me I don’t like…that may never change, but, to my defense, I have been better at pointing out what I do like about myself. I’m exercising more, eating better(at least trying!), even speaking life to my body and my personality, not disappointment or wishing for something else.
What makes a woman beautiful? Is it her full lips? Her long hair? Is it her thin figure? Her full figure? Her skin color or her height?? Is it her laugh, her tenderness, her ability to create something out of nothing? Is it her thoughtfulness? Her quirkiness? The way she loves her kids? Is it her attention to detail? Her heart of adventure? We are multi-faceted creatures. Beauty has no limits-no size, no weight, no height. It is varied and wonderful. I encourage you to not only comment on the beauty of those around you, but speak out the things you like about you! It is not proud or egotistical to love yourself and to speak it out. Your body has been given to you and it should be loved and respected. Your personality cannot be replicated exactly by anyone else.
Here is a challenge: stand in front of the mirror and, without saying anything negative, describe what you see. Find the things you love about you…work on loving the rest We need to be good to ourselves…to choose to be happy with what we have, on the inside and on the out. We need to encourage and lift each other up, not tear down, with both our eyes and our words.
Cheers to you, beautiful one!!