Today the world encourages us to embrace acceptance. Love ourselves more deeply. Appreciate the beauty that surrounds the self.
As I thought about this, I couldn’t help but think: WHY do we need a single DAY to encourage this? Shouldn’t it be encouraged every day? And furthermore, if we must have a day to celebrate this, is that admitting that on the other 364 days of the year we don’t love our bodies, ourselves, enough?
I recently stated,
Healthy is not necessarily skinny. Skinny is not necessarily healthy.
And yet this is what becomes engraved in our minds through the brainwashing of television, advertising, entertainment and general societal preconceived notions. We have, as a whole, become pre-programmed to believe that loving our bodies can only be achieved by looking a certain way and will only look like “love” if we have this perfect image.
The human body blueprint is not a universal blueprint.
Healthy appears in many different ways. And to be honest, for this I’m thankful. Can you imagine a world where we all walked around like the stick-figures that make up every “human drawing” I concoct (yeah, that was a side tangent -> I can’t draw at all, and thus all people in my pictures are merely stick-figured lines)!
Loving our bodies doesn’t just mean being thankful for the image the world sees and holding our heads high with confidence. It also means treating the body right; loving it by giving to it healthy foods, daily exercise, quality sleep, reduced stress and acknowledging inner self beauties and something bigger than you or I spiritually.
To honor all of you, as well as myself today, I created a “Love Your Body” board on Pinterest.
Today, I’m going to LOVE my body. I’m going to be proud of where I’ve been, where I am and where I’m going.
I’m going to ROCK this blueprint.