"When we speak ill of ourselves or when we step down from a challenge because we let our insecurities get the best of us, basically what we're doing is we are giving others permission to do the exact same thing."
I think it's safe to say that we live in a mentally corrupted world where body shaming is acceptable and if someone does not live up to a specific standard, they are worthless. Kathryn Budig hit the nail on the head when she spoke at the #Revitalize2015 event. She acknowledged that it is expected and normal not to love yourself.
This is where we discover the misconception. How can we treat others with respect if we do not love ourselves first? We use humor and jokes to showcase our insecurities and openly display how uncomfortable we are in our own skin.
We have a certain image, perception and idea of what "healthy" looks like but in reality, there are no set measurements, body weight or size that represents healthy.
But, how do we measure health? Let's start with the definition.
Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.
Why do we determine health as the way someone physically looks when that is only 1/3 of what healthy is? Not to mention that just because someone appears to be"skinny," it does not necessarily mean they are healthy. The same goes for someone who appears overweight, it does not mean they are unhealthy.
Budig brings up a fabulous point. We all know how it is. We see the woman with the "perfect" body who appears to have it all. But maybe that woman with the flawless body doesn't have a social life. Maybe she is suffering mentally and no one can physically see that.
Although I am an advocate for exercising your body, I am an even bigger advocate for exercising your mind. If your mind isn't healthy, you lack substance. You lack personality. You lack presence. You lack life. That's why health should start with your mind. Clearing your mind of labels, perceptions and most importantly, the idea that you need to change your body. And better yet, let us be the support for one another to clear our minds and love who we really are inside.
If you are unhappy with your body, you need to redirect your focus. Because your body is not who you are. You are so much more than that.
You are your mind.
Your spirt. Your soul. Your vision. Your imagination. Your passion. Your drive. Your enthusiasm. Your understanding deeper meanings. Your courage. Your thoughtfulness. Your humor. Your kindness. Your sincerity. Your sympathy. Your consideration. Your emotion. Your grace. Your eagerness. Your brilliance. Your perseverance. Your skill. Your sparkle. Your complexity. Your genuineness. Your love for life.
You are your heart.
So when you think that your body is all you have, take a deep breath & realize you are so much more than that. So. Much. More.
Until my next thought,