When I look back at pictures of myself, my mouth was never open. I felt ugly and ashamed. I was always afraid someone would look at me and say, “What’s up with her teeth?”
I’m a woman and have suffered my share of hang ups. Especially in the fitness profession, I’ve heard every version of self-depreciation…
“What can I do to fix this?” A woman asked as she grabbed her stomach.
“What can I do to get rid of my bat wings?” As she points to the extra skin on her underarm and proceeds to jiggle it.
“What can I do to get of my thunder thighs?” She slaps her hips.
“I never look at myself in the mirror” A lady told me as she proceeded to turn her eyes towards the floor.
“I don’t have pictures of myself in the house. It’s too embarassing.”
“I have too much cellulite, how do I get rid of it?
This list can go on and on. I think back to myself and my teeth. As crooked and yellow as they may be, they are part of me. I shouldn’t be embarassed about it. We all have our hang ups. If it helps I have jiggly bits around my stomach, arms and legs. Cellulite too! I’ve exercised since I was thirteen years old. I’ve never had kids. I have stretch marks too.
My questions is this… what the hell have we got to be ashamed of? Where is the rule that says we have to be perfect? It’s all a state of mind. If you keep looking for reasons why you’re so “ugly” you’re going to find them. If you look for reasons why you’re “amazing” you’ll find those too. We all have parts of our body that we want to fix. The point here is not physical appearance.
Our lives can be amazing no matter what shape we happen to be.
Happiness takes on all shapes and sizes.
The point it this: If you don’t love yourself then any physical change you make will ever be enough. You are enough. You are enough to love and respect. You are enough to be worthy of any life you want. My teeth haven’t changed a heck of a lot. No matter how imperfect you may feel…
DON’T BE AFRAID TO SMILE!