A Work in Progress

In an amazing feat of table turning, within an hour of me posting about being proud of my weightlifting accomplishments, this photo was posted of me performing the exact thing I was proud of.

1509730_1453613204857540_55759594_nAnd despite words of praise, my initial reaction to this photo was ANYTHING BUT PROUD. Let me illustrate my thought process a la doge memes. (Click to embiggen.)

olymeet_dogeMy first reaction is to criticize my appearance, look for faults, hide from public view, and overlook the radness of what I’m doing (with decent form, might I add!). And that fucking sucks. It’s also proof that despite my bluster, despite my efforts to be strong and proud and to look past what society expects from me, my superficial ego still holds tremendous sway over how I view myself.

In other words, I have a long way to go.

I think this is also the appropriate time to share this beautiful video on, of all things, selfies. I didn’t realize until the end that it was a Dove promo, which kinda pissed me off since I’ve railed against their heavy-handed “Redefine Beauty” campaign in the past. But this video made me want to cry multiple times. Our own criticisms are often ridiculous in the eyes of other people. One girl hates her big hair, which I would personally ADORE. But as another girl stated, we often hate the things that make us different, when those are the very things that make us unique. Strength is accepting your differences and finding beauty within them.

Watch, share, discuss. And maybe try to lose (or lessen!) your fear of a bad photo.

///
This is Part 4 of this whole challenge. Need to catch up? Here you go, champ!
Part 1: The Strength to be Strong
Part 2: Training, with GIFs
Part 3: The Strength to be Proud

About these ads

Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

3 Responses to “A Work in Progress”

  1. The Strength to be Strong | Madam von Sassypants Says:

    […] /// This is Part 1 of this whole challenge. Need to catch up? Here you go, champ! Part 2: Training, with GIFs Part 3: The Strength to be Proud Part 4: A Work in Progress […]

  2. Training, with GIFs | Madam von Sassypants Says:

    […] /// This is Part 2 of this whole challenge. Need to catch up? Here you go, champ! Part 1: The Strength to be Strong Part 3: The Strength to be Proud Part 4: A Work in Progress […]

  3. The Strength to Be Proud | Madam von Sassypants Says:

    […] Descendant of Baron von Eurotrash and Madam von Sparklesocks « Training, with GIFs A Work in Progress […]

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 230 other followers

%d bloggers like this: