So, what's my point? You decide.
Over the Christmas break I was clearing out some storage bins. You know, clear out the clutter, save or keep only what brings you joy or serves a function. In one of the bins I came across some pics of me in my mid-20's, I'm guessing 26. I didn't actually bother pulling them out of the album to turn them over and look at the date.
I flipped to this one:
and the first thing out of my mouth was, "Oh my God. I was beautiful!"
Cause you know what? Back then I didn't know. Nope. Not a clue.
And right away I knew I needed to share this with you. But I didn't know why and I still don't know why. So, I trust that there's a reason because I just know you need to know.
Maybe it's because if you can't see or feel your own beauty, no matter what age you are, I know you can change that.
Maybe it's because the phrase "You just need to love yourself" pisses you off (like it did me) because you don't or you don't know how or you think it isn't possible, I know you can change that.
Maybe it's because you don't know the reasons why you feel compelled to do something and you need the courage or inspiration to do it anyway. Go for it. Trust yourself, I know you can.
Maybe you need to know I'm human, I have real emotions like you, I am so not perfect and have had some very difficult struggles with external image. Sometimes I still do, just much, much less and way fewer instances. Most days these days at 43 I think I'm pretty fabulous, stunning, gorgeous, sexy, adorable and it all comes from inside me. So, my insides are equally amazing.
Maybe there's something else you're reading into this. Awesome. I know I personally can't make you do or feel or believe anything. It really does all come from the inside. Do I wish and pray that you can look at yourself for who you are as you are and exclaim, "Oh my God! I'm beautiful!" Abso-f******-lutely.
You know that yoga stuff I talk about all the time? Worked for me. Will it work for you? I don't know but I sure wish you'd give it a real try and find out. Because I know for sure you can make your outside look amazing and still feel like crap about yourself on the inside. Look at that picture again. I was so hot! and felt horrible about myself internally. For real.
If you're set on not being "into" some form of yoga seek out something, anything, that isn't just about the physical body. Find a path, a lifestyle, a way of being in the world that soothes your soul, quiets your mind, removes obstacles from right-seeing, and allows you to know without a doubt in your heart that you are worthy, beautiful, lovable, and all the good stuff you can imagine simply because you are.
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