Susan Lacke has quickly become of my favorite columnists for a magazine. She writes for Competitor Magazine and was recently published for an article that struck a chord for me. As a woman, I am constantly scrutinizing myself for this imperfection or that imperfection. I have always been self conscious about my legs - how they are built more for sprinting than long-distance running.
In her article "Out There, Be Happy With Your Body", she describes a similar feeling regarding her own legs! She goes on with this personal self-criticism and talks about Chrissie Wellington - her idealistic, triathlete legs. A woman criticized Chrissie's legs and this was her response:
“Yvette, awful? These legs have powered me to the top of the world, and enabled me to have the most amazing platform to effect change. They are a combination of the two people I love the most: My mother and father. They are the result of hard work, dedication, commitment, and passion. They are MY legs, and I am so proud of them. I hope you can be as happy with your body as I am of mine, despite all of my supposed imperfections.”
For my recent milestone birthday this year, I said to myself 'no more criticisms'. I am strong and even though I may see myself as less than perfect, I am a strong athlete and too demanding of myself sometimes. So I let it go. And I urge you to do the same. Let go of your imperfections - they really do add to your personal style :)