While I was at the South By Southwest (SXSW) Conference, I met an amazing woman, Tish Grier. I have been enjoying her personal weblog, so imagine my surprise when she writes an entry about the gym that hits home with me.
If I had known all this was lurking under the surface of her skin, I would have given her a great big hug when I had the chance in Austin.
“It begins to bother me even more about my weight, that I can’t be happy just the way I am because there are all these messages around me, all this pressure, that guilts me into thinking that I should do my best to try to have that body I had when I was in my late 20’s…that great-looking un-traumatized body that only comes, quite truthfully, once in a lifetime…”
The truth is, the media IS trying to make us feel inadequate because it’s so much easier to sell us stuff when we are. If you have been feeling like you need to live up to anyone’s expectations but your own, take a break and write it out just like Tish did. You might not be able to get to the bottom of the issue in one sitting, but you should be able to find a nugget of truth that makes you feel better.