I was on a walk earlier that was regrettably not for enjoyment, but rather because I was counting my steps and making sure I was working off the calories I’ve been consuming.
Mid-walk I caught a glimpse of my reflection in a storefront window, and like most people I directed my attention right at my flaws. Thought to myself: how did I let those thighs get so big?
I quickly remembered though, how even thirty pounds ago, I still thought my thighs were too big. As many of you I know can relate, we’re never quite satisfied with our bodies are we? Whether the goal is to lose weight, gain muscle, etc.
I’m not exactly sure why, but I immediately found myself noticing how my legs were moving at that moment. I was looking down, taking long strides – and although I may not be in prime athletic shape right now, I have a body full of ability and I am moving.
I don’t know what led me to the observation. Maybe I got sick of my own complaining; however, I remembered all the stories I’ve read about individuals who have physical challenges – whether it’s due to traumatic accidents, military injuries, ones who’ve experienced the challenges since birth, or others who have simply grown older.
I imagine they would love my thighs – the ones that allow me to take full strides effortlessly.
Honestly, after taking a moment to recognize this, my walk then became a walk for pure enjoyment. I was taking in the fresh air (mind you I was not in the city this time), the cool breeze, the quiet hum of leaves in the wind and chirping birds.
Talk about a reality check. We can pick ourselves apart from top to bottom, inside and out, but we’re wasting precious moments in these damn short lives of ours that we could be appreciating.
I’m going to continue working hard to get my body in good shape, but I’m going to do so while still appreciating my body as it stands.
I can walk to work, I can go on hikes, I can sleep without pain (aside from the inconvenient aches of old soccer injuries, but I think every former athlete can attest to those).
My body is pretty damn fine right now because I am healthy right now – even if last year’s shorts are a little snug.