Mitzi Poetzinger inspired me to do a post about a sensitive topic..
How would you describe your body? Male or female, it doesn’t matter; everyone is their own worst critic. No one wants to come off sounding conceited either so it seems natural to resort to choosing a more modest term to define oneself.
Everyone begins as a cell. Over the course of the next nine months, what was once an egg, now begins to produce the cells of the stomach, eyes, skin, etc. Then, you are given the gift of life. As Juno would say, “…screaming, pooping life, and you don’t even have to be there when it comes out all covered in blood and guts.” We are born into this world with no knowledge of what is in store for us, positively innocent, and have room for all the wisdom and confidence there is to gain.
While we are so vulnerable to begin with, our guardians have a substantial influence on what we eat, how we judge ourselves and each other, and how we establish the differences between right and wrong. As we go from infancy, to baby, to toddler, then to child, we have developed an understanding of who has raised us, what their practices are and what they appear to be in our eyes. As we grow from children, to teenagers, to adults, we gather influences through outside sources that are nearly impossible to control such as music, television, magazines, friends and colleagues. What we observe and learn from our guardians, however, has the greatest impact on what we think of ourselves.
Unless I have not received the memo about turning into an exotic marsupial when there is a full moon, we are undoubtedly stuck in the bodies we were born with. And with this body, you can do one of two things: 1) Point out all the little flaws in yourself that no one can see except you and continue to hope that you will be a proud tiger in your next life, or 2) Enjoy and embrace the time you get to spend in your body. Your body is a reflection of your lifestyle so treat it nicely, meaning, feed it well, keep it hydrated, make it exercise routinely, let it rest, and most importantly respect it. Be wary of what you say about yourself, especially the people you are closest with because once you point out something about yourself you find to be unappealing, those around you might start to become self-conscious of the same thing. And then it’s just a never-ending cycle of insecurities until we all fall into the oblivion of another awkward middle school dance. Be proud of who you are and what you look like, so next time someone goes:
“Hey there amigo! What is it about you today?! I just cannot put my finger on it!”
Wrong response: “It’s my yellow teeth and back fat isn’t it…”
Your response: “Could it be these bodacious eyes of mine? No, wait! It must be my superlative posture; I’ve really been working on it…hold on..is it my fetching freckles?”
This was a very eye-opening video about revolutionizing body image.