One of my worst habits is comparing myself to other people. I did it so often in high school and freshman year of college. “I wish I had long hair like Jolie. Or was skinny like Sharon.” Or, “If only I could look like so and so.” The realization hit me on my way home, while I was singing along to Lily Allen in the car. Her song “Cheryl Tweedy” is like the self-pitying monologue that loops through so many women’s heads.
“Wish I had blonde hair, Wish I had green eyes, So many things about myself that I despise.”
I have never wished for blonde hair, but I know whereof she speaks. I think it’s a bad habit many women have. Even the most slender and beautiful among us have their moments where they look at another person and wish they were them. I spend so much time wishing I looked like someone else, and not enough celebrating ME. Today, I say nuts to that.
Today, I am going to unabashedly indulge in a Stewart Smalley moment with a twist. Instead of looking in the mirror and picking myself apart like I often do; I am going to celebrate my favorite features.
I love my hair, it’s strong, healthy, and beautiful.
I love my eyes; they are sparkling and expressive.
I love the color of my skin, as brown and delicious as milk chocolate.
I love my smile. It’s the purest expression of me.
In the spirit of self-celebration, I offer this theme song. Nina Simone’s “Ain’t Got No/I Got Life” always picks me up when I feel down. I’m working on a big post on Nina soon, but I couldn’t wait to share this live version. This is obviously a later performance so Nina’s not in great voice, but this song is always a great sing-along.
Join me and celebrate your beauty today! What do you love about yourself?