Today is the first day of Lent. I’m not super religious, nor am I one to give something up annually for the Christian season. But with James and many of my friends talking about what things they would be giving up, I felt that it would be a good opportunity to volunteer myself in on the action. While most people will give up things like chocolate or hitting the snooze button each morning, I wanted to give up something a little different: complaining about my appearance.
While I generally try to enjoy the way I look and embrace my quirks/flaws (I’ve written about the subject before on this blog here, here and here), I tend to fall into traps where I can’t stop focusing on the bad. Complaining about your looks isn’t just bad for your self-esteem and happiness, it also can be really annoying to those around you. In fact, James rolls his eyes every time I grab an inch of flab or complain about my nose. His reactions make me more aware of my complaining- something I barely realized I was doing until another person brought it to my attention.
So for lent, I will be giving up…
- obsessing over the fact that a good portion of the weight I’ve gained since moving has gone straight to my tummy
- warning others of my appearance because “I’m not wearing makeup today”
- deliberating getting a nose job every time I see a celebrity who clearly had one
- complaining about the new, once-broken hairs that are growing ever-so-slowly around my part, making it impossible to have a “good hair day”
- weeping about how pale I am
I think young women, myself included, are just a little too hard on themselves when it comes to many aspects of their life- mostly including their appearance. So I’m taking this period of time to make myself aware of just how often I do it, why doing it is ultimately silly and self-destructive and to learn to accept the flaws- even when I don’t want to.
Does anyone want to join me? What are you giving up for Lent?