My spin instructor had me tearing up this morning. Not because of the pain she inflicts on us each week (lovely lady but turns psycho on a spin bike), but it was all down to her little motivational speech half way through the class. My endorphins were flowing but she also touched a nerve.
She told us about the following Dove ‘Real Beauty’ campaign. A forensic artist sketched a handful of women based on their descriptions of themselves, and then again based on the description of others. The results are startling. In each pair the sketches are completely different to each other. Those created when the women described themselves are far less flattering than those created with the help of others.
Why are we so hard on ourselves? I know many people think bloggers like myself must be full of confidence and that we must be incredibly vain to post photos of ourselves all over the internet every day. But you know what – sometimes the opposite is true. We all have our own hang ups and stuff hidden under the hood/bonnet that we don’t always share with others. Maybe if we listened to, and accepted, other people’s complements more often we may see ourselves in a truer light. As Jennifer told us this morning we are all ‘beautiful, strong women’. Remember that the next time you criticize yourself in front of the mirror. We are beautiful no matter what we say.
Watching this video even brings me to tears – but I cry when I hear bagpipes and brass bands too:)