“Your body is one of your greatest tools. Have fun with it!”
Bill Golden, my dad
I was discussing my work with him a couple weeks ago, and as we mulled over body image, he candidly made the statement above.
It stopped me dead in my tracks.
So simple, yet so profound.
Also the perspective of someone who’s never struggled with any body image hang-ups.
Rain or shine, 20 lbs. up or down, he shows up as the exact same person.
He’s had goals to gain or lose weight as HE sees fit, but he’s never allowed any iteration of his body to deter him from showing up in this world.
We can discuss the differences in pressure that women are subjected to versus men, sure. Although men are absolutely not immune to similar pressures and side effects.
However, I believe it’s really important to seek the perspectives of those who *don’t* have body image hang-ups.
Engage in these discussions, seek alternative view-points, and get out of your own head.
You may be surprised at how differently you view the world and—just maybe—that beautiful vessel you’re experiencing this world in.
Now, let’s go have some fun with these bodies of ours, shall we?
You can find me playing in nature, in the gym, or in yoga class with mine!
What about you?