Okay so hands up, who at some point during the week has made a comment about their weight, how much they ate, or what they ate? (Of course, my hand just shot up so fast it looked like a tidy air punch!).
Chances are most of us have made a remark like this… and it may have come with a disparaging tone attached, because of course, we probably feel as though we failed ourselves in some way, and fell short of a perfect eating plan, or missed a gym session, or ate too much chocolate… and if we did fail to meet these objectives, if our scorecard ranked too low…. by whose standards are we rating ourselves?
For many years now, we’ve been told the media plays a significant role in pre-determining the socialisation of young girls and boys. We’ve grown up against a backdrop of stereotypes. The mass bombardment is transmitted through several mediums – whether its broadcast, print or amplified online through a swath of social media channels.We’re held captive to it, and in the end it can take our own self notions hostage. Inevitably, most of us imprison the mind with impossible ideals. Don’t think the people who inhabit those advertisements or Films or TV shows are exempt. Trust me, they have their baggage too, and in a lot of cases its oversized. Some of the most beautiful people I have met over the years are also some of the most insecure.
So is the battleground the media or our own thoughts?. Thankfully, something of a shift has been occurring over the last decade towards honouring a more realistic code when it comes to advertising impossible and unattainable ideals, along with exposing the perfectly touched up images of those who are less than perfect. It’s bringing the world one step closer to realism… but we aren’t there yet.
One of the best things I have ever read or heard about self- image is the simple statement… you already have the perfect body. These collection of words say so much. It’s all about the thoughts that inhabit our mind, because that is the world we live in, the one we create. If we live and breathe perfection in our cells and consciousness… it will translate into the real thing. Why? Because once we truly look after ourselves… we won’t continue to hurt ourselves in a way that is less than perfect. We’ll sleep enough, eat well, exercise, stop rushing and start loving ourselves. We are our own best friends. I love remembering that.
By the way, Craig Harper’s blog is so enlightening on this subject…. Hope it really does give you the Skinny on Skinny… He should know.. He’s a fitness guru, life coach and motivator extraordinaire. Have a read and tell me what you think. XXX