Sometimes I lose myself. I find myself stuck. I look in the mirror and suddenly I am filled with disgust. Why? I really do want to love myself. I somehow see every imperfection, and rarely do I focus on the positive when it comes to myself. Why do I do this to myself. I know God created me in his own image. I know that I am wonderfully and fearfully made. However, when I look in the mirror all I see is a nose that is too large, a stomach that isn't flat and so much more. Why are these things even important? I should be really proud of myself instead. I am the thinnest I have been in five years. My stretch marks are signs that I carried my child with my body. My nose is similar to my Dads. Shouldn't that make me proud?
We as a society are consumed with our appearance. Yes, it is nice too look great but shouldn't we care more about a person's insides. Shouldn't it matter how you treat others, your work ethnic or if you offer to help those in need. It should matter but our perception is altered. From a young age we are told as children watch what you eat. We are told that a small pimple is horrible. We also compare ourselves to others. Well she is thinner. She has better skin or every guy thinks she is pretty. Why, do we do this to ourselves. That girl could be starving herself. She could be doing the wrong kinds of things for attention but yet we want to be just like her. Why can't we be satisfied with who we are? Is it because every time we see a magazine, it is condemning the way a celebrity looks if she or he gains five pounds? Is it because we think we need to all look the same? How boring, would it be if we all looked exactly the same?
Let me tell you, you are beautiful! You are special and unique. You are one of a kind. There is no person exactly just like you. Even if you are an identical twin, you like different things or your emotions are different. We should celebrate that we are different. As a mom, I have to start watching what I say. I don't want my daughter to hear me complaining about my appearance. I don't want her to hear me say I am fat. I want her to be confident. I want her to love her blue eyes, the dimple in her chin and her super long eyelashes. I want her to celebrate that she is unique and she is loved for being exactly her.
We need to lift each other up. Instead of talking about how bad a person looks, I want you to find something good about them. Maybe the way their freckles stand out, or how pretty their hair is. We are all fighting a battle. Let's not cause more harm to each other and to ourselves. Let's love each other! I challenge you to look in the mirror and find something you love about your appearance. When you are feeling down about yourself think about that thing.
In the Bible Psalms 139:14 says " I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well."
Megan, a stay home mom who wants to try new products and let you know what I think of them!