The other day I put on an outfit that felt really good. I was in a rush and never looked in a mirror other than one that showed my face, and ran out the door. I was in and out of a couple of stores, laughing with my daughter, just having a great time. I love spending one on one time with her! At one point I caught my reflection in a store window and my first thought was,
“Do my legs look that big?”
It’s the automatic response that most of us have when catching a full length glimpse of ourselves. We look for the bad and what we don’t like. Our eyes go to the “trouble spots,” the ones that we feel we need to cover up, to hide.
The funny thing is, for most of this summer I haven’t had a full length mirror to look at myself with. We moved, renovated, stayed in an Airbnb for a month, then with friends. It has been chaotic and busy. So I just got dressed for function and lived. It’s funny, if you take away mirrors and just live, you forget to find fault.
Would you act different/dress different if no one ever saw you and you never saw yourself?
What if you dressed only for a feeling and disregarded everything else?
That is what I am working on. Dressing to feel good for ME and not caring about anything else. Looking in mirrors less and analyzing less, and paying attention to bigger things in life (like ENJOYING things.)
I will say, I saw my reflection and the knee jerk reaction was one of picking myself apart, but I caught myself. I followed my first thought with, “Hey, I have a body, and I’m okay.” And you guys, it doesn’t matter what the truth of anything is, what we THINK feels true no matter what other people tell us. But just because we have the bad habit of judging ourselves and others doesn’t mean we have to live with it. We CAN and SHOULD change our negative thoughts, because they are doing us no good. We owe it to ourselves.