Sometimes it feels like we are at the mercy of marketing, social media, and the opinion of nameless “others.” Just because it feels that way, though, doesn’t mean it’s true.
Ultimately, we get to decide.
We get to decide which voices we listen to, and if we will make choices based on fear or freedom.
We get to decide whether we will live authentically or sacrifice our true selves on the altar of fitting in.
We get to decide whether we will starve ourselves or whether we will respect our bodies and feed them delicious, nourishing foods.
As always, I loooove Shauna Niequist’s words from her book Present Over Perfect:
“This is what our culture wants women to be: skinny and tired, from relentlessly shrinking and hustling.
What I want so deeply, and what I want to offer you: grace and nourishment.
This is hospitality at its core. This is the beat of my heart: to experience grace and nourishment, and to offer it, one in each hand, to every person I meet- grace and nourishment. You can rest. You don’t have to starve.
Exhaustion and starvation are the twin virtues of that world, but I will not live there anymore.”
You get to decide: exhaustion and starvation, or grace and nourishment?