Monday, April 12, 2010
The Way We Look in Pictures
These are all pictures of me. Picture of me from the past two years where I quickly lost 30 pounds after giving birth to A2 and have been at a standstill ever since. I have many more pounds to go and am working really hard trying to figure it all out. I judged myself in every single picture (and really, this is just a few). I look fat. I have bad hair. One of my front teeth is a different color than the other. I also notice in a lot of my pictures that I try to cover myself up somehow.
My mom does the same thing. When we were in Florida last week, my mom did the same thing. She wanted to look at all of the pictures taken of her right away, and she commented on all of them. And not a single comment was every positive.
It was during that trip that I decided I was not going to do this anymore. My kids heard my mom. My kids hear EVERYTHING. They are kids. That's what they do. I DO NOT want them to think that making negative comments about yourself, anytime or anywhere, is a good thing. SO, I've turned a new leaf.
I got a bunch of pictures printed for my parents and to put up in our house. When I brought them home, I worked to look at every single one and say something positive about it. It felt great. I know I have a long way to go. I can't wait to have spectacular before and after pictures. But in the meantime, I need to quit putting myself down, all the freaking time, and be positive. All the little ones in my life, whether my own or the ones I teach, are listening and watching! Not only do I need to be my own superhero, I need to be theirs too!
So here goes with the previously posted pictures:
See? It's not so hard. I don't look at the pictures and see a bad hair day, ugly shirt, or overweight person. I am so much more than that.
What about you? How do you see yourself in pictures? How SHOULD you see yourself in pictures?
We all have much to be grateful for. We are all beautiful. That's what pictures are about!