I’ve always consider myself to be someone with a body style that is outside of the norm – join the club of 99.95% of the female population, right? I have broad shoulders and I stand between 5’8″ and 5’9″ – since the 6th grade. And let’s not forget that awkward stage of about 22 years when I was unpleasantly plump.
There are many positives that come along with getting older, and since I’ll be turning the corner onto “You’re in Your Thirties” Blvd soon, I thought I would share with you my favorite aging bonus: appreciation of what I tried to hide/destroy/starve in the past. I don’t think I quite know how to put into words what it’s like to recognize the beauty in the features I once thought were flaws. Without seeming like too much of a cliche, I thought that I would share with you a series of images that exhibit that appreciation and joy in just being yourself, and lessons I’ve gathered along the way to acceptance. Thank you April J. Waldroup for sharing.
Lesson #1: Do not judge yourself by what society says you should look/feel/act like. One size does NOT fit all in this life.
Lesson #2: Be a daredevil. If you fail, at least you know you tried. The only thing you truly regret are the chances you didn’t take.
Lesson #3: Have perspective: no drama is worth losing sleep over that won’t be a factor in your life one year from now.
Lesson #4: Walk tall, shoulders back, swagger on.
Lesson #5: It’s ok to be flattered and know that you deserve the compliment. Be humble, but never deny your strengths.
Lesson #6: JUMP IN! Not everything needs to be planned out. Enjoy life and don’t worry about timelines. Enjoy your roses now before they fade away.