It was another day, another dollar (gone from my pocket) and another step closer to the weekend.
How’s that for a concise summary?
Don’t worry, though. I won’t totally deprive you of my random musings. So, gather ’round. It’s time for a story…
Back in the glory days of high school, I broke out my cross-country spikes every fall for weekly 4K races.
However, unlike the elite girls I competed with, long-distance stardom was never in my cards. I had the requisite height, but the “lean” part wasn’t part of my body-build.
But that was fine by me, because when springtime flowers began blooming, my real inner-athlete came out. On the lanes of the track and runways of jumping pits, I actually excelled.
I enjoyed the reward of helping my team, but my real draw to track was the boost it gave to my self-confidence.
Every time I bound down the runway or propelled over the hurdles, I felt as though my body was working at its finest.
My arms chugged in perfect rhythm, my lungs filled with the necessary air, my feet moved ahead with just enough speed… And, best of all, my muscular, powerful legs gave me the strength to move forward.
Unfortunately, somewhere between my last track meet and my sophomore year of college, I lost sight of how amazing my legs are.
I fixated not on my legs’ strength, but on their bulk. I envied the girls whose legs never rubbed uncomfortably together. I cursed the trend of skinny jeans. I basically filled my mind with all sorts of negative thoughts.
Ironically, it was only as my legs became thinner that my happiness became less. Sure, my legs didn’t touch, but neither did they give me power to run, jump and do the things I love.
Each day that my legs became thinner, my energy became less.
However, once I realized how negative my thinking was, I began getting healthier, stronger and happier.
Today, I wouldn’t trade my strong legs for anything in the world. After all, why would I need skinny jeans when I can have my happiness?
Questions: What’s your favorite part of your body? How often do you remember to appreciate your body?