When’s the last time you looked in the mirror, and saw those dark circles under your eyes as a status symbol– a beautiful indication of the hours you put into your family and life, instead of a sign of exhaustion and stress? Or when’s the last time you looked down at your breasts (literally DOWN at your breasts, as they now fall below the equator) and considered their (dis)placement as a rite of passage, instead of “the shitty thing about breastfeeding?” OR when’s the last time you looked at your ass in your not skinny jeans but alllmost 2 sizes CLOSER to the skinny jeans, and thought it looked perfectly fine…instead of a fat blob of once hot goodness?
Though charming, delightful, and entirely inspirational, let’s be honest: those love yourself/love your body/ Dove campaign moments are few and far between for most of us. Amidst a divorce, a relationship post divorce, a house foreclosing, a career I wish would explode and a 3-year old who pretty much does explode when I wish he wouldn’t— I spend a lot of time in “woe is me” land. But it occurred to me yesterday, while on the treadmill (for the first time in god knows how long), that I’m not so bad. All things considered, I’m pretty goddamn spectacular. Yep, I said it…. And then I said it again, and again and again… And it got me thinking…. What if for one day, I just LIKED MYSELF. And I’m not even talking about the real “it’s the inside that matters” stuff like personality, and generosity and intelligence, blah blah blah. I’m talking strictly superficial. HOW I LOOK. What if for one day, I shouted from the roof tops the things that I seriously, SERIOUSLY like about myself. The things that I can SEE in a mirror that I can always feel good about no matter what. The things that will be there with or without a promotion, with or without a significant other to cuddle with, with or without a best mommy of the year award…
Like my nose… I love my nose.
My ankles… I love my ankles.
My eyebrows… With a little help, I love my eyebrows.
Now it’s your turn. It’s NATIONAL LIKE YOURSELF DAY and I’m challenging YOU to like yourself today too. Choose three things that you love about yourself physically. Share them in the comments here and/or on your own blog. Be sure to leave a link and link back to me too. Tweet it, facebook it, share it with your community and spread the like yourself love….