Tuesday, February 24, 2009

My Body is a Wonderland? Yes.

When you look in the mirror, do you like what you see? Or, like me, you take off your glasses and smile mistily at the fuzzy figure before you? A great deal of our self esteem is tied up with our body; say what you will about building personality and a fine crafted mind, we would all trade our Einstein-like genius for satiny smooth skin and trimmer waistline.

But should our hang ups of our body get in the way of our enjoyment of it? I say, NO. We are fed with airbrushed images daily of what we should look like. We are made to be unnecessarily critical of our physical self, that we are not good enough if we don't look like a fifteen year-old nymph/youth. We forget to enjoy our health and grace because we are too busy whining over what we think is wrong with ourselves.

The hell with all of that. Celebrate your senses. Stroke your skin and feel how delicious it is. Your limbs so well-shaped to support you and for you to enjoy your world. Taste. Listen. Observe. Reclaim your sexuality. What ever shape or colour you are, you have every right to enjoy the feast that is your senses.

So go forth, reach out and touch somebody.


Queen of hearts said...

Yes, you are right. I'm never satisfied with my shape..especially after having kids. When I see the American celebrity moms looking so good..I know I have to work really hard to achieve my goal. I can't remember when I actually looked at myself in the mirror and be greatful for what I have. :) Thanks! I better stop critisizing my hubby's thighs.

Snuze said...

OMG I just realised how I could have checked comments on the older posts *is embarrassed*

Yup, no matter what size we are, there is some deficit between what is in the mirror and what we perceive it to be. We would all want to look like the glamorous celebs, but sometimes we forget that their body and image is their livelihood; hence the sacrifices they made in the name of beauty.

Heck, if one could afford a personal chef and personal trainer who'll be riding one's butt all the time, one could also look sculpted. But then again, perhaps one would consider the time to be better spent with one's kids playing outside, having oodles of fun and storing wonderful memories.