Normally when I see a candid photo of myself I’m all like… Ugh. Am I that big? Look at my thick thighs… I thought I looked better in that shirt… My arms are so big… I used to be so much skinnier…. and on and on.
Today I was going though the photos from vacation and this one the 10-year-old took stopped me in my tracks.
My immediate thoughts were…
Is that my back? Is that how strong I look? I have awesome posture!
I’m not exactly sure when I flipped that switch in my brain from negative to positive (and I’m not sure it’s permanent yet) but I will say the more I focus on what my body can do instead of what it looks like, the more I appreciate it regardless of aesthetics.
I can carry my 40-pound 4-year old effortlessly.
I can kayak for 7 miles without even giving it a second thought.
I can manage two kids at the airport with all our carry-on luggage.
I don’t think I will ever look the way I think I should (the way society thinks I should??) but I know I can do a hell of a lot more now than I ever could.
People always ask what keeps me going, well…