I read a “10 Things Life Has Taught Me” post this morning on my friend’s Facebook page. Thank you, Denise.
Number 6 on her list hit me like a ton of bricks and I have a bruised ego to prove it.
You will regret the years you spent berating your looks. The sooner you can make peace with the vessel your soul lives in, the better. Your body is amazing and important but it does not define you.
I’ve always been hard on myself, my looks especially. Nothing about the way I looked was ever good enough.
After reading #6, the words of wisdom from an older woman that I met at a party years ago came to mind. This woman didn’t know me, but she could sense my fear and anxiety about how I felt about myself. She said to me, (I’m paraphrasing): Enjoy your beauty. You are beautiful! Love the way you look today because there will be a tomorrow when you wake up to loss about your looks that can never be recovered.
The good news?
The older you get the more you concentrate NOT on the emptiness over beauty lost but the fullness of a life gained when fear and anxiety leave the vessel.
Hugs from the Heart,