Welcome to Wonderful You Wednesday at My Life as a Trimommy. This is an ongoing series where I will have a post by myself or a guest that focuses on body image and self esteem.
Perspective: The choice of a single angle or point of view from which to sense, categorize, measure or codify experience.
Today at my Y a new 10-week running program started. I am helping to coach the beginner program, so I had the opportunity to meet the people in the program and do a short run with them. The "beginner" program had people of all levels of ability and fitness. I chose to run in the back (because I was supposed to do a walk today...don't tell my coach!), and, once again, I was revisited by the theme of perspective.
One woman shared with me that she was nervous to come. She said when she arrived she looked around and everyone looked like "runners" and was immediately intimidated and almost left.
The thing is, though, she didn't leave. She ran.
When we constantly compare ourselves to others, we often come up short. She is faster than me. He is more fit than me. She is skinnier than me. He has a better job than me. She is a better mother than me.
What we don't realize is that every now and then we should see ourselves from someone else's perspective.
To the woman who came out tonight and ran despite her fears and insecurities, I look at you and see a woman who is dedicated to being healthy. I see a woman who overcomes obstacles to take control of her life. I see a woman who is brave and courageous. I see a woman who is strong. I see a woman who inspires.
You might not see these things in yourself, but try seeing yourself tonight in a different perspective.
What do you see?