On one of my pinning rampages a few weeks back, I saw a photo of a skinny, bikini-clad girl with text saying “Are you sure you want that cookie?” The image stood out to me not because I thought it was inspiring or motivating. Rather, I was struck by how truly wrong I thought it was…
For a while, I was stumped on how to tie the picture into a post, effectively explaining why it was so depressing to me. Then, last weekend, one of my friends and I were talking about our mutual love of Pinterest. We were basically raving about how much time we could waste on the site and how fun it is to look through. But, then she mentioned how she once typed the word “motivation” into the search bar and was appalled by all the pictures of skinny women with some negative mantras that came up. I thought that was an interesting comment, because it was the exact same search that lead me to the picture I had pulled.
Once again, it got me thinking and I realized something: There is no redeeming value in an image like that. That is because, it’s just part of the greater picture…
The girl in that picture is a mystery. She has a flat stomach in a picture, but that’s about all we know about her. What we don’t know is whether she is fulfilled by relationships with the people in her life, whether she is inspired by the work she does, whether she is happy.
So, just looking at a skinny body is no motivation to me. Instead, I aim for greater inspiration.
Maybe this is because I know there is so much more to life that having a flat stomach. Maybe this is because I know that happiness beats skinniness any day of the week. Maybe this is because I think it’s time to stop beating ourselves up about our bodies.
And, I might be a dreamer, but I hope that you can feel the same way.
This isn’t to say it’s wrong to find specific things to get motivated by — such as a positive mantra about working out. It’s just important to know that it is a piece of a puzzle.
More than anything else, my message is this: Stop comparing, stop judging and definitely stop criticizing yourself. Instead, start looking inside and get inspired by your own strength.
That, my friends, is where real motivation comes from.
Questions: What do you think? How are you inspired?