We live in a world that is constantly telling us that we aren’t good enough. Every magazine is filled with ads telling us how we can be better. TV commercials are designed to show us what we need to be happy, fulfilled, and beautiful. It’s all a lie.
We are constantly bombarded with messages that we are not enough. That we need to be better. That we need more to make us happy. That we need to dress a certain way. That we need to look a certain way. That the natural make-up free face isn’t enough. That it is less fearful to inject poison into our skin than age naturally. It takes a toll.
In every society there are norms designed so that we can coexist. Many of these norms are not only necessary, but make for a better world. But many of these norms are a trap, not necessary, and make people feel dissatisfied with where they are in life.
I’ve been questioning things lately. As I’ve been learning to Let Go of the Ego, I’ve been working on accepting not just my running life but so much more. As a runner, I’ve always followed my own path so to speak. I rolled into my first Marathon in Philly not having trained for a marathon but the Runner’s World Hat Trick. Then only completed one 20 miler before running it. All of my other marathons, I did not want to nor did I train running any 20 milers. I just don’t like them. That is not to say that I didn’t train. I just did it the way that worked for me.
In life, I’ve also followed my own path. Never really fitting in with just one space. Doing my own thing. As I’ve been trying to accept where I am in my fitness journey, I’ve also decided that I needed to take it a step further. I’ve decided that I am enough as I am. It was time to face the world as I am and not as I’m told that I should be. And although I’ve never been one to have a make-up routine that lasted more than a few minutes, going naturally is still scary.
So I decided to go for it I went out in the world as I am. Although I will tell you that after two days totally free, I decided that I like a little mascara and Burt’s Bees lip balm with a little color.
Here is what I learned……… No one turned away in disgust. Ha. No one commented. No one asked if I was ok because maybe I didn’t look the same. No one even cared. Now
Now I’m not saying that I will never wear make-up again. What I am saying though is…
I am enough.
You are enough.
Don’t let the world define you.