I’ve have always loved being an athlete. I love being competitive, pushing my body beyond its comfort zone, and being strong. While I love being strong, I hate how our society views “strong girls” as masculine. Why can’t they just see us as fit and dedicated?
Someday’s I find myself letting society take a hold of my vision as I look at myself in the mirror. Instead of embracing my strength, I often think… “do I have feminine muscles or am I becoming a meat head?” I know the answer to this question, but dang society does a good job of making me question myself.
Then, God brings people into my life that remind me that “there’s nothing wrong with being strong.” This weekend I wore a strapless dress for my best friend’s wedding, and I instantly wanted to hide my shoulders with my hair, but I was convinced otherwise by my mom. I sent her a picture showing off my hair and dress, and her first comment was, you look beautiful… and no, your shoulders don’t look too buff. I didn’t even have to ask she just knew what my mind was thinking.
Then today I was taking another Aerial Fitness class with my friend and colleague, and at the end she ranted about how she envied my strength. I just laughed because she has an amazing yoga figure, why would she envy my strength? I had to take a step back and thank God for giving me this body, this strength, and this dedication. I’m done spending so much time criticizing my muscles, and rather embracing what they allow me to do.Let’s all make an effort to redefine beauty. It’s about being strong and fit… not skinny and weak.