Body image has been on my mind lately. A lot of it is because I'm getting married this Saturday and what bride doesn't think about how she is going to look or how she will be perceived? However, I think we as women often think about body image far too much. I recently read this article: The vintage girl – a new feminist? and it really got me thinking about the way we think about our bodies in today's culture.
I know that being healthy is important. I work out and try to eat healthy, but lately I've realized that what our culture is often times telling us is that that's not enough. I need to be a certain size and weigh a certain amount. I came to grips today that that is not important. I read this article and just starting thinking about how wonderful I felt while staying healthy, and began wondering why I still felt the need to try to shrink my body down to a smaller and smaller size? There's no reason for me to. I'm staying healthy and that is what is important.
We are bombarded constantly with images that we are "supposed" to look like. As an example, I love Pinterest, but I've become slightly disturbed by some of the things girls have put on there. Such as:
Under these images are words like: "Wow, what a motivation". That disturbs me. Before I go on I will say I have been just as guilty of looking at pictures and thinking "This is a great motivation" I'll look at this and think "I need to work harder", but then I started thinking how twisted that really was. I'm going to sit and look at a picture of a very thin woman and think "I need to be that". Some woman are totally beautiful and slender and other women are beautiful and curvy, and we are all shaped differently. No matter how hard I try I will never have slender ankles and legs. I will never have a tiny booty AND that's ok. I need to embrace my body and be a healthy me.
This just happened to be a small wake up call for me. On my wedding day I may not be 100 pounds and be what our culture today deems perfect, but I will be perfectly happy with my body just as it is, and who I am.
I encourage all of you to always be yourself. Dress how you want, be healthy, but don't obsess about a weight or the way you're "supposed" to look, it's not worth it. You're supposed to look like you. Nobody else.