I think we live in a culture of shame. Everything from what we eat to how we look, even the manner in which we raise our kids, is under constant scrutiny.
Maybe it’s just a part of being human but I for one am tired of not feeling good enough.
As a lower income child attending a catholic grammar school I wasn’t rich enough. In High School I wasn’t skinny or pretty enough. In college, I wasn’t smart enough. Early in my career, I wasn’t experienced enough. As a new parent, I wasn’t worried enough–note: I’m pretty laid back in comparison to other parents today.
Now that I’m aging I don’t feel young enough. How ridiculous is that? "Young enough" But honestly, I see my laugh lines and crows feet in the mirror and cringe. My short hair that was considered cool and hip in my teens and 20’s is now a lazy-I-don’t-have-time-for-myself mom’s cut.
I realize some of this is in my head but I think you will agree, a lot comes from societal pressures.
When will we be enough? When are we enough?
I caught this tweet the other day by @JulieGallaher and it made me smile.
I think your whole life shows in your face and you should be proud of that. -Lauren Bacall
We SHOULD be PROUD! And not just about the lines on our faces but our bodies and families and individual situations. We need to own it. OWN IT ALL and be–in the words of a very good friend of mine–Unapologetically Ourselves.