Everyone takes bad pictures, and by bad pictures, I mean that the camera has caught them at an unflattering angle which creates a misrepresenting image. Often though, we allow our minds to create bad pictures that don’t even exist. We allow our self-critical nature distort the images we see in photos, mirrors and in reflections: we create our own image monsters. We are true swans who battle an identity crisis with memories of the ugly duckling.
Thanks to the perfection-obsessed society in which we live, even the most self-aware and self-accepting are not immune to an “attack” from a bad picture. I myself got caught up in a ridiculous image attack yesterday. To fight it, I had to share the absurdity of my complaints with some friends who helped shake me of my temporary disillusionment and gave me the swift slaps to my head that I needed to get back to the reality of loving myself.
Life is only half-lived in you are not comfortable in the skin you are in, and I know from experience that the moment you start to hate the image you see in a photo or mirror is the moment you give up your ability to live with a sexy mind. Fight the temptation to self-obsess and to think that happiness can be achieved through a “perfect” body. No one’s body is “perfect,” they’re just not meant to be. In fact, our “imperfections” become our perfections if only we allow them to. Try it for yourself, I promise that it is a wonderfully freeing way to approach your body. Do not beat yourself up if you have days where you battle the image in the mirror, for that is natural too. What really matters at the end of the day is whether or not you let the distorted mirror or the bad picture win.