We all want to get better, to improve, to grow. We pile up gym memberships, buy instruments, pick up paintbrushes, but how often do we fail? How often do we stop, never go back, never try again, how often the new year's resolutions are condemned to the unlit corners of our minds? The thing is that the desire to be better is great, but if it is not accompanied by kindness, acceptance and realism, it has no chance.
A perfect illustration of this concept is the desire to look better, thinner, thicker, taller. We are told what we should look like, and if we must die to get there, so be it. But what happens when you get there by starving yourself? By looking in the mirror everyday, adding an extra 20 minutes on the treadmill for every horrible thing you can say about yourself? You get there, the scale welcomes you into the elusive club, then what? You change yourself, achieve what you wanted, but do you love yourself now? Now that everything is as it should be, do you love yourself? I would hazard a guess that you don't. It's like forcing yourself to run a marathon with a broken leg, yes, maybe crossing that finish line is an achievement, but then what? You still have a broken leg, who knows what more damage you have done.
So, what if you started your journey to self improvement from a place of positivity and love? You wake up, look in the mirror and appreciate yourself, you are grateful for the history that made you who you are, you are proud of the person that stands there today, you are ready to take your entire self, warts and all, forward. You meet yourself where you are, you are kind to your body and your mind, you focus on your health first. Maybe you'll find your journey more manageable, more fun, more productive, all you have to do is start it from a positive place ❤