But the messages we hear from childhood often create an image in our head about us. If you were teased or told you were fat or not pretty, this can stick with you all of your life. The world seems to love youth and beauty. If you don't fit that mold, the message can be interpreted as you don't fit in or are less than.
I am a part of a private Facebook group of women who are striving to live a healthy lifestyle. Some are working on losing weight. Some are trying to eat healthy. Some are trying to make exercise a lifelong habit. Yesterday I read a few stories of women who were made fun of as a child, being the 'fat' girl at school. To this day, they still carry that label even though they are no longer 'fat'.
In our preschool class we try to teach the children that we are all made differently. Some children are tall. Our skin colors are different. Some children are dark while others are light. Heidi and I always emphasize that it's OK to be different from one another. Of course, we always add that 'we're all friends'. We watch for those who are sidelined and not included. Life can be challenging even at such a young age.
I applaud Dove for their beauty campaigns. This video is only 3 minutes long and well worth taking the time to view. If you can't view this video, try clicking here.
We need to appreciate our natural beauty, no matter what stage of life we're in. As I'm getting older, I tend to focus on the lines on my face that seem magnified in my mirror. It takes so much more work to keep my weight down than it did when I was younger. Then I glance at the vinyl lettering decal I place on my bathroom wall as a reminder before I head out the door to work.
"For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well."
I am linking up with Kim of Just For Clicks Blog for Weigh-In Wednesday.
Blessings and love,