I ran a Half Marathon in just a sports bra and skirt last week. It was 96% humidity and 88 degrees. Needless to say, I wasn't the only person out on the course who was only half dressed, and I figured it was OK. As I crossed the finish line, however, there were photographers snapping photos as we were draped in our medals, and I laughed and said, "Oh Lord, I won't be buying THAT photo. That is a lot of squish for a finishers pic!"
Of course, I was laughing. I actually think I look Ok.
But later I thought back and wondered why it was OK for me to be so rude to myself. If someone - a friend - had said that to me, I would have been very sad. When I realized that, it made me want to buy the picture and save it, knowing that there may be a time in my life when I will look back and think, "Hey, when I was 38, I was very fit."
So women, and men, reading this - please be kind to yourselves. Appreciate that life is a process, and that just because we are so often always striving toward a bigger goal, it doesn't mean we should dismiss our current greatness.
I know I'm going to try harder to celebrate my current self.
|Also, next to me happens to be one of|
my favorite Nursing School professors.
We didn't run together, but she caught
me in the last mile. Great job Prof W.