Today I went looking for a little motivation. Sometimes I’ll look on Pinterest. Sometimes on Google. Usually, it’s something visual that will light me up and help me to getterdone. As I was searching around today, what I saw was a bunch of shaming stuff. Things about fat crying, about being a loser, about winning and success and determination being defined by how your body looks. Lots of unrealistic images too.
Maybe that motivates some people…
What it does for me is make me roll my eyes. It makes me shake my head.
Who likes to be shamed into working out??? Why is shame even a part of our daily life? Shame is a dangerous slippery slope that sucks you in and makes you feel only one thing…shitty.
We’re on the internet all of the time getting bombarded by messages, images, and content.
What are you exposing your sweet self to? Because let me tell you, I stopped reading fashion magazines about a year ago because the images DISTURBED me. Who, other than a 15 year old girl, HAS THOSE BODIES? People who don’t eat…that’s who.
And then on the other end of the spectrum, you get all of these people at 10% bodyfat (or less) in exercise photos making you think that you will LOOK LIKE THAT IF YOU EXERCISE.
Friends. Let me tell you. It’s crap. It’s a shame game designed to pull you in and make you constantly feel less than. Why? Then you’re wanting…and spending. The worry of most marketers is that you will love your beautiful self and feel whole and complete. Then…the game will stop. You won’t buy in to the image, the wanting, the forever not feeling good enough.
You are so good enough. You are so beautiful. You shine from the inside. And you are enough. Just as you are. You are a gift. You are meant to share all of your amazing self with this world.
Don’t let anyone’s definitions of what you should be…define you. Make up your own definition. And use new words like fantastic, brilliant, outstanding, beautiful, intelligent, vibrant, complete, wonderful, whole. Not size whatever, or # of lbs., or wrinkle-free, or perky boobs, or cellulite-free, or youthful, thin, blahblahblahblah.
Resolution? Not today. Today I write my own DEFINITION of what I am. What’s yours?
Peace, Love, Joy.