I let it all hang out yesterday.
With encouragement from my husband, I posted my first revealing, realistic, relevant photo of myself…in my underwear. The truth is, I was nervous as hell. I was sure I was going to be publicly shamed, virtual stones thrown, maybe even rotten fruit and vegetables, all while everyone was laughing.
In reality, a couple of things happened. Luckily, not many people saw the photo. Of course, that was carefully executed on my part. I just started this blog and have very few followers. But the other thing that happened was, I got some really cool messages from people. All positive.
My favorite was from my sister. Her quote: “My sister, you have balls of steel! I am so proud of you!” I have to say, that made my day.
I also got a message from an old friend from high school. Started out pretty much the same as my sister’s comment… “balls… big ones”, which made me laugh. As we chatted via messenger, he also revealed to me something interesting. He said my glamour shot was impressive, but intimidating. And my reality shot put him at ease about his own self-image.
That was such a profound and honest statement.
I would bet most of us feel the same way. We have put our social persona on such a pedestal, and the stakes just keep getting higher and higher. Exposing and finding everyday, ordinary people is comforting, and relatable.
With that said…I did wake up and go for a bike ride first thing this morning. I don’t mind being relatable by exposing my fat…but hopefully I can continue to do that while getting back into a healthy body.