Every year on our wedding anniversary my husband and I watch the video of our wedding. Last year, as we looked at film from 17 years ago, we saw many changes. Some people have died. Some divorced. Some, healthy then, are ill now. And everyone looked a lot younger then!
I saw my 44 year old self and thought how smooth-skinned, slim, and radiant I looked and felt a longing to look like that again. I did feel like a lovely princess on my wedding day but on other days at the time I was more critical of myself. I wanted to lose that pesky 10 pounds. I didn’t like my protruding tummy. And who knows what else I thought was wrong with my body then!
Hasn’t there always been, according to us, something wrong with our bodies?
Perhaps you, too, have seen a photo of yourself from 10 or 20 or 30 years ago and thought, “Wow, I looked good then!”
On further reflection, you might have realized that at the time you were unhappy with your body. You might have been wishing you weighed 20 pounds less or had thinner thighs or a smaller but or less of a roll around your middle.
Yet from today’s perspective that body looks good! That body would be one you’d be very happy to have right now. That body might not only look better to you but also function and feel better than the one you have today.
Why in the world didn’t we savor and appreciate the bodies we had? How foolish. How sad.
Are you, like me, still doing the same thing today? Dissatisfied with our bodies because of weight or wrinkles or aches or age spots or what it can’t do anymore? Yet 5 or 10 years from now, we could be looking back and thinking “Oh, I wish I still had that body.”
What if our bodies today are as good as they’re ever going to be? How can we fully appreciate and savor our bodies as they are right now?