Warning to my male readers: Move along… this one’s for the ladies.
If you weren’t on Moms Together on Wednesday, you missed one heck of a conversation. Some very poignant and hilarious takes on our bodies after baby, and what happens as we age.
A comment by Carla Williams in response to a reader’s frustration with her skin and body quirks captured my attention. She said,
“Take a look at your family–your mom, your grandmother, your aunts–now look in the mirror.”
Sadly, I don’t have any elder family females living nearby. And my mirror’s a liar. Many of you can probably relate.
In the absence of daily interaction with women we love and admire, whose bodies are appropriately saggy and whose skin reveals time’s passing, we’ve lost touch with what a real, live woman looks like as she ages. We’re left instead with our buddies, Ms. Glamour and Mrs. Don’t You Wish You Looked Like Sharon Stone?
I made this video before the conversation on Moms Together. At the time, it never occurred to me to consider my physical quirks with the tools I share here. Probably because it hits a lot closer to home! Once I did, however, I realized how much hurt lurks in me around (emphasis on round) that issue. How much I’d lost sight of the strengths – like being able to participate in the creation of life – in favor of fussing over the quirks like stretch marks and a poochy mid-section.
All of us have quirks. Be they saggy boobs or the tendency to over-analyze situations. The lie is that they’re wrong, bad and ugly. The truth is that you are, in fact, made in God’s image (Genesis 1:26). It’s up to each one of us to figure out how that works.
So, as you watch this video, challenge yourself to go beyond the initial ideas that come to mind. Give God the space to blow your mind with just how fearfully and wonderfully made you really are!
What will you write on your post-it? Step out in faith and share it below or over on Moms Together so we can all support each other!