When thinking about my answer, it's crazy how quickly negative stuff floods my mind. I need to lose a whole bunch of pounds. I suffer from a severe lack of follow-through. I could certainly be more organized, more ambitious, more, more, more.
That stuff is just noise.
The negative, the baggage, the angst... that all comes from me measuring who I am or what I think I am supposed to be/have/do by someone else's criteria. Who gives them the right to say I'm not good enough!?!?!
Well, if I'm the one spewing forth negative stuff to myself, then I guess I do. I give them the right. I legitimize their standards. I let them have the power.
In its own twisted way, that's a pretty powerful statement. I let them have the power. Flipping the statement around, I presume I can also take that power away. For example, I can say: NOPE. I love my body for what it is able to do, and your fashion/dieting/fitness/fitspo industrial complex can't negate that. I'm not small, but I can garden; pick up my child; go for walks; participate in soccer practice; have new experiences.
I like who I am. Sometimes I let the noise drown that out, but yeah... I think I'm pretty cool. I'm a loving mom and wife. I'm creative. I'm empathetic. I'm compassionate. I'm a dreamer and visionary. I'm capable. I'm smart.
Chances are, you're all of that stuff too. All that and a bag of chips (where did that saying come from, anyway?) Remember - you're 1 in a 102 million jumbozillion, right?!? So pat yourself on the back already!
To quote Mr. T (as all good blog posts should do), "I got no time for the jibba-jabba." We all have good things to do. Stop drowning in the noise.