I'm 27 years old and grew up in a family of 4 girls. I've been a competitive athlete for 20 years and spent most of those years swimming. There's a joke in the swimming world that goes like this: swimmers spend 75% of their lives 90% naked. And yes, there's a lot of truth in that!
Being a performance athlete has many upsides to it, but it also comes with a lot of "stuff" you have to deal with. A pound gained or lost can effect performance and in sports where athletes wear skintight suits (swimming and triathlon for me), a person can become very self conscious in their own skin. Coaches, teammates, parents and spectators can't help but notice changes in body composition. Sometimes that's a good thing and sometimes not so good. You can't hide, not if you want to compete!
Listen to this self talk and see if you can relate:
This is wrong here.
I don't like that.
I'm too big here.
Too small here.
A little wrinkly here.
If I could just get a tuck here.
A different color here.
Need to be rounder here.
My metabolism is to blame.
Oh my hormones!
….and the list goes on till eternity.
Why can I write about this, you ask? Because I know what this feels like. I'm not judging women who struggle with this because I am ONE of these women! My heart goes out to every woman who struggles with self acceptance. It's hard and is a battle every day! Loving your body today, in the moment, is a challenge. It's easy to say, I will love my body when [fill in the blank]. It's harder to say, I love my body NOW!
Let's pause and watch this clip below.
"But if we would develop eyes and the spirit to see beauty in a different way, we would see every woman as beautiful."
Why do we let others--our culture and society define what beauty is? Why do we let Hollywood set the beauty standards of the day? We need to STOP! We need to start filling ourselves with TRUTH and not the crap that society feeds us.
Every woman--every person is beautiful. Just think if we all looked the same--how boring would that be? If every two trees looked alike--what fun would there be in that?
So stop, pause and name 3 things you love about yourself. Stop trying to conform to society's standards and start loving yourself right now, in this moment.
Dear friend, LOVE YOUR TREE!