When I was a kid, l loved going to this pizza place that had the “funny mirrors.” My sister and I would stand in front of them until we got dizzy. The first one would make us look short and wide. We would giggle, point at our reflections, and call each other silly names like wide-o and shorty. The other mirror would make us look tall and thin, with our legs stretching 5 feet right into our armpits. She instantly became Miss Toothpick and I, birdy legs.
Fast forward 10 years, 20, 30. As we grew older, looking odd and different in a mirror was no laughing matter. Do I really look like that? Why is my hair so frizzy today? Make-up will never cover that up. Did mom and dad replace our bathroom mirror with one from the Pizza Palace? And speaking of pizza, well, we thought twice before sinking our teeth into those melty, cheesy pies.
Talking about the topic of Body Image can be difficult. Not enough people look into a mirror and like what they see. Too often, they see a distorted view.
In honor of the Operation Beautiful book release, I spent some time staring at myself in the mirror, looking into my own eyes, trying to see past the face that was reflecting back at me. I looked long and hard for the real me. But, no matter how long I stood there, I couldn’t see her.
Then, in a moment of frustration, I closed my eyes. There I was standing in front of a mirror with my eyes closed. To be honest, it felt kind of ridiculous. For just a minute I kept those lids down and thought about who I am and what can’t possibly be seen in that mirror. And then……like magic……I found her. To really see myself, I didn’t need a mirror after all. So very little of our true selves lies on the outside.
Love the real you! Do you need to change the way you see yourself? Are you only looking at the outside?