By now, I am sure most of you have heard the buzz about Colby Callait's video for 'Try'. It takes on the notions of beauty ideals. The video has definitely struck a chord with many viewers. I am all for getting dressed up and putting on makeup to go out somewhere nice... but for me, the video stands more for that its totally great for women to want to do all of that, but it's also important not to let the makeup define you. I don't think of using makeup to hide, but to enhance (unless I have a pimple to cover-up ha).
After reading more articles on this topic and video, it got me thinking. Even though I might not wear a lot of makeup or worry about having a 'face on' before I go in public (I actually kind of find it annoying to put makeup on all the time), I do think I could use some improvement in the self body image department. I think a lot of people can relate to that.
I often have to remind myself of why I set fitness goals, and why I choose to eat healthy (for the most part). It isn't to look better for anyone else - it is to feel better about myself. Living a healthy life has always made me feel better. I think that is pretty normal. Running races and accomplishing fitness goals is about pushing my body and my mind past the limits I had once set for myself.
I am trying to find a place in the middle that allows me to respect my body as the physical part of who I am. A part that I can decide is beautiful and not unimportant or unworthy. From there, taking care of my body should feel like a gift and not a punishment.
The vast majority of the people whose lives you will touch in ways they will never forget, will not remember the imperfections you see in the mirror, but how you made them feel. Your best moments of your whole life will have nothing to do with your weight. At all.
Achieving fitness goals is great, but I want to be more than that. I want to be spiritual. I want to be well read. I want to think independently. I want to be well traveled. I want to be informed on what’s going on in the world. And I want to inspire others to be the same. So many people get consumed with their diet and workouts that they become one dimensional and oh so very boring. There is so much more to us than our workouts and diets.
Be more than your body.