Uh…thanks. I think.
Being a modern woman, full of confidence, zest and razzle dazzle, I naturally embraced the comment, put on my tightest pair of jeans and proceeded to flaunt my be-donk-a-donk all over town.
Or perhaps, being the modern woman who tries to be full of confidence, zest and razzle dazzle, I immediately needed to measure, stare and critique myself from every conceivable direction to see if, indeed, my butt was “big and round”.
I know that my husband was paying me a compliment the way that most men pay compliments: poorly phrased but with the best of intentions. Rather than say “Thank you” I immediately jumped on the “my butt must be oooooooge” bandwagon and proceeded to ride full speed ahead, burning every bridge of self-esteem along the way.
Not one of my finer moments.
Like many women, I struggle with body image issues. I always have, and I likely always will. What I, and many of you need to be doing is taking a deep breath, appreciating our bodies a little more and criticizing ourselves a lot less. It doesn’t matter how hard you work at eating properly and exercising regularly, that body isn’t going to change instantly. But it will change over time, if you’re consistent. In the process of change, reward your body for all it is doing for you: running farther, jumping higher, moving faster.
In other words…Let it Be.