how the hell do we do that?
I shot these awhile back, and until recently, I wasn’t really sure why I hadn’t gotten around to sharing them. Aside from me not totally loving all the images I took, I also found myself being hyper-critical about my appearance…which seems to be my way lately. I have come to learn I am so mean to myself. I never find myself thinking horrible things about the people around me, but for whatever reason, when it comes to me, I am downright nasty. I am certain I am not the only person who does this to themselves.
It can’t be great for your mental well-being to have a negative dialogue running through your head all day. But how do we change that? Acknowledgement would be a great place to start. Catching yourself when you are being mean to yourself and then trying to be a little more gracious with yourself. It isn’t so much about self-love, but about giving yourself the same consideration you give others. We never see ourselves the way others do, but wouldn’t it be beautiful if we tried to? If we allowed ourselves to exist on a level playing field with those around us…
It’s easier said than done, I can bear witness to that. But all (good) things must start somewhere. Re-training your brain can feel like a daunting task, so daunting that we might just write it off altogether. But give yourself the time. If you are anything like me, you’ll be fighting against yourself every step of the way, but progress being made in small steps is still progress. And I imagine you are worth the time.