All tagged body neutrality
I've been having some fascinating discussions on Instagram and in my Instagram stories about the ways in which we let ourselves be:
How do we show up in our lives?
How do we present ourselves?
Which parts of ourselves (physically and/or otherwise, because they're connected... put a pin in that) do we accentuate, and which parts do we downplay, and in what contexts?
We won't be talking about, "loving your flaws," here, for quite a few reasons, but perhaps the most universal one?
I don't think that's a goal you really have, when we get down to it.
I don't think it would make you feel good to pick on some body part you've been told needs to be fixed, agonize in the mirror over it every morning to keep it top of mind all the time, only buy clothes that cover it up, and somehow be totally hype about it anyway.
It doesn't make sense.
Marketing to you that way is dishonest, IMO.
Earlier this month, I met with a CPA.
As though taxes weren’t enough bossy boss lady fun, I made the executive decision to put on pants. If you work from home or from a gym, you know how rare an event this is.
I went to put on my favorite pair of jeans,—soft, well-worn-rarely-washed denim, the kind that fit just Goldilocks-level right—and as I realized they’d been folded in a drawer for 6 months, I squatted down, and, riiiiip.
Our worth isn't wrapped up in our dietary choices, our goals, or our appearance. We're meant for more than to obsess over these things, and, for some of us, the way out is to try many methods before we arrive at what will work for us to find our freedom. In the quest for personal development, physical and otherwise, we are all sojourners navigating our stops.
I'm not sure we ever truly arrive and stay. But I am sure that it's always our duty to accept and own where we are and allow others the space to do the same.