You’re at the gym, and you start to feel all self-conscious when you spot a “perfect 10” next to you on the treadmill just jogging away effortlessly. (Cue the imagination: She probably gets to eat chocolate cake and ice cream and chips and pizza without any regret. And she probably only works out once a week- that’s it. And her social calendar is full of fun things she’s doing with fun people. Of course she has an amazing boyfriend/husband that worships the very ground she walks on. Her kids are well behaved and impeccably dressed, and the most stressful thing she has to do all day is decide what to get at Starbucks…)
Do you ever do this?
We’re SUPPOSED to be different. There’s a reason that we don’t all look the same, sound the same, act the same, think the same, and believe the same. You do yourself a mighty injustice when you try to fit the model of another person. You are You and I am Me.
I read an article about body types recently, and it brought back a memory from college. I have a friend that is naturally thin, no matter what. She has tried to gain weight before (I KNOW!) and just couldn’t (I KNOW!). And it drove her nuts. The majority of women I meet strive to be thinner or more toned or better dressed or or or or… Bottom line: We are never good enough.
What if we all pledged to treat our bodies right and accepted ourselves right where we’re at?
Perhaps we change our motives: because we love who we are, and we believe in the importance of sharing US with others in the world.
How many moments have you wasted this week thinking about how you wish you were different? How many people have you wished you were instead of the person you are?
I think that it’s ok for us to think about those things at times, but with a realistic and purposeful mindset: If you wish you were someone else because he/she travels the world… maybe it’s time for you to start putting money away little by little and planning your next vacation (no one is stopping you). If you wish you were someone else because he/she writes beautifully… maybe it’s time that you pick up a pen and a fancy notebook and filling the pages (just let your thoughts flow and see what happens). If you are jealous of someone because he/she has sculpted arms and legs… maybe you should stop avoiding the weight room (and find a friend who knows what they’re doing to show you the ropes).
The bottom line is that you have a lot more power than you give yourself credit for. It’s important that you don’t spend each day living for “some day” or “the perfect body” or “certain circumstances.”
You get today.
You get right now.
You are you and I am me.
Embrace your circumstances with thankfulness…
now go out and create some magic.