Now that it’s fall and you can feel the chill coming into the air at night, we could all use some warm fuzzies. Today’s readings are all about feeling good.
Since my injury, I’ve been feeling down and have been wondering what I am without the use of a key part of my body – what is a roller derby skater who can’t skate? Or a kettlebell instructor who can’t swing a kettlebell? Deep down, I know that those are skills I possess, rather than what makes me who I am. But sometimes I need to be reminded that feeling good about yourself doesn’t always come naturally, that self-image is an ever-evolving thing, and that we all have tough days. Here’s some stuff that’s helped:
When it comes to accepting your body for what it is and what it can do, listen to what the Rose City Wheels of Justice have to say. I admit, this might have made my face leak:
Next up, an amazing post from Rozanne Lopez on the same(ish) topic.
Go on, I’ll wait.
Okay, amazing, right? I love Rozanne’s story, her manifesto, and the way she chooses to parent her children. If you didn’t read the piece, she says,
“I invite you to help me start a movement. A movement that has been slowly growing at the grass roots level for years and that is slowly seeping into mama and dad blogs in and around the interweb. We are moving to a broader definition of beauty for our sakes and our daughters’ sakes (and also our sons’ sakes). Moving to an acceptance of how we choose to show that beauty as long as at the end of the day, we are comfortable in our own skin.”
I am SO on board to join this movement. I don’t have kids, but I do mentor lots of new skaters to roller derby, and train lots of women, including juniors, and many of us struggle with with body image issues. The more we can confront those issues head-on, look at them for what they are, and learn to be comfortable with who we are, the better.
Finally, unrelated to body image, but totally related to feeling good, here’s the happiest dog in world loving fall:
This makes me unreasonably happy.
How about you? How do you pick yourself up when things aren’t feeling so great? By watching playoffs? Enjoying pumpkin spice everything? What makes you happy?