Happy Thanksgiving my lovely readers! I decided I couldn't leave you off with my small post from yesterday without encouraging you to be thankful for something that can be hard for a lot of us women to be thankful for: ourselves, body and all. As I sit here and watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and seeing the thousands of people attending and performing, I am reminded of the amazing fact that every person is created differently and each is beautiful in their own individual way. How crazy is that?! So, today I encourage you all to stop comparing yourself to those around you and the unrealistic images by the media you are bombarded with continuously, and be thankful for you EXACTLY the way you were created. In the words of the lovely Kate Winslet who refuses to conform to Hollywood's ultra thin standards :
"More than ever now, I believe it's so important to look as real and true to life as possible, because nobody's perfect. I seem to be on a mission, but I don't want the next generation, your daughters and mine, growing up thinking that you have to be thin to look beautiful in certain clothes. --I feel an enormous responsibility to stay normal and true to myself and not conform to all those things. You know? To be healthy. And normal. And to like to eat cake."
Ladies, let's adopt a similar attitude starting today, Thanksgiving Day. Let's embrace who we are, imperfections and all, and be thankful for the body we were born with. Don't forget, you are beautiful JUST the way you are!
Just to give you an example of how long women have been struggling and damaging their bodies to attain an unrealistic standard of "beauty," I found this image on the Library of Congress website showing the horrible damage corsets did on the female body. Yuck!
Me saying Happy Thanksgiving to you! Today I am ignoring the voice within me and refusing to exercise even though I'll be getting my fill of Thanksgiving food later. It's a holiday and my body deserves a break! I encourage you all to do the same! Now go eat some pie!