Yesterday at work, a co-worker made a simple statement that became a ten-year-long awaited epiphany for me. Over typical trainer discussion about perfecting clients’ bodies, as well as our own, my friend Adam pointed out a valuable truth that should never be forgotten. His words rocked my world and the world of my other friend in the room, poignantly reminding me of the fundamental basis of truth found in the French way of confidence that I love so dearly.
He said, “bodies are not meant to be perfect.” Pausing, he continued: “everyone will have a problem area, and then, when that problem area disappears, another area will magically appear; so, it’s easier to just accept yourself and know that your body is perfect in its’ imperfection.”
Adam couldn’t be more right. Human nature dictates our propensity to be inclined to self-criticism and self-judgment, but if you are the type of person interested in real quality of living, then I propose that you let all previous tendencies and inclinations go. The more you focus on perfecting one area of your body, the more you will discover that there are other parts of your body that you want to change as well. In moderation, this is fine, however, many of us get caught in a tragic, self-perpetuated hamster-wheel of harsh self-critcism. Stop judging yourself based on what you look like externally and start seeing yourself for who you really are. No matter how perfect your body is, you will always find flaws in it, so stop looking for answers and identities in your body and start LIVING in the skin you are in. Take good care of your body but realize that your imperfections are ultimately your perfections.