Today I noticed on Facebook a story going around about body image (see post at bottom). I started to think about how I see myself. At 35 I feel like I am finally becoming truly comfortable in my own skin, which is good because things are just starting to go South. I think I have a new grey hair everyday. This was not always the case. When I was younger, I could only see the flaws in my shape. I am a 5’2 voluptuous girl. I longed to be without curves and a little height would have been nice. When I look back at photos of when I was in my teens, I giggle to think I had issue with that body.
Age is a beautiful gift. Somehow you start to see all the best parts. Maybe it is the wisdom you gain with years. What I do know is the world has changed and the youth are fighting to keep up with an unreal standard. What we don’t hear is that the average size of a woman in the United Stated is a size 14.
Being a healthy you does not mean a size 2. Living healthy embodies not only the body, but the mind. How many skinny girls do you see that are half starving and sad. How exhausting to maintain unreal goals. Some of the most beautiful woman I know are living their best for them. Happy and healthy at their appropriate size. What I notice from these lovely ladies is a confidence and a happiness that only comes from accepting you as you are. Ask any man if the prefer stick or curves? I bet you money they prefer the curve.
So when I read this article today and saw my friends of all shapes and sizes repost, I smiled.
Happy Body. Happy Mind. Happy You.
Start Facebook post:
A while back, at the entrance of a gym, there was a picture of a very thin and beautiful woman. The caption was “This summer, do you want to be a mermaid or a whale?”The story goes, a woman (of clothing size unknown) answered the following way:”Dear people, whales are always surrounded by friends (dolphins, seals, curious humans), they are sexually active and raise their children with great tenderness.
They entertain like crazy with dolphins and eat lots of prawns. They swim all day and travel to fantastic places like Patagonia, the Barents Sea or the coral reefs of Polynesia.
They sing incredibly well and sometimes even are on cds. They are impressive and dearly loved animals, which everyone defend and admires.
Mermaids do not exist.
But if they existed, they would line up to see a psychologist because of a problem of split personality: woman or fish?
They would have no sex life and could not bear children.
Yes, they would be lovely, but lonely and sad.
And, who wants a girl that smells like fish by his side?
Without a doubt, I’d rather be a whale.
At a time when the media tells us that only thin is beautiful, I prefer to eat ice cream with my kids, to have dinner with my husband, to eat and drink and have fun with my friends.
We women, we gain weight because we accumulate so much wisdom and knowledge that there isn’t enough space in our heads, and it spreads all over our bodies.
We are not fat, we are greatly cultivated.
Every time I see my curves in the mirror, I tell myself: “How amazing am I ?! “