Today’s post is going to get away from me–I already feel some word vom coming on–but I’ll start by just reiterating how much I’ve enjoyed blogging my way through Molly Galbraith’s love your body challenge. Today’s post is about loving your body for its ability to connect you to others. She talks about community and about valuing the sense of connection that our bodies can give us.
I am all for feeling connected. I try to learn people’s names wherever I go. I want to have the most facebook friends in the world. “Real” friends, friends on social media, friendly strangers or acquaintances–they’re all good!
BUT–and for someone who is enjoying a body acceptance challenge over here, this is just a thought: should we be so connected over our bodies and learning to love them? Personally, I’m hoping for the day where we’re not the most connected thanks to our frustration with hating our bodies and our willingness to learn to love them. I might not need a new direction for my blog if that’s the case, but that’s okay.
For instance, it sort of dawned on me yesterday when I was watching CrossFit videos
instead of working on homework that maybe that “beauty” is something women are concerned with alone is sad. I know there are guys out there who are struggling and learning to love their bodies, but I think it’s safe to say that body acceptance is made out to be a woman’s issue.
It all comes down to this: what would women do if we weren’t so worried about our thighs? Or now, so worried about loving our thighs? Is our body love quest, which still focuses on beauty and appearance at some level, just taking over as our new obsession? Or, are we learning to live from a place of worthiness and taking care of this on a personal level so we can move on to bigger and better things?
While I’m confused about whether or not I’m contributing to something that’s “good” for us or not, for the time being, I don’t think it’s a bad idea to start loving your body more. I know personally I’ve seen accepting my body more help me be able to think about these kinds of questions: there was a time where I totally took it for granted that I should want to be that perfect ideal of the day (skinny? toned? jacked? WHO EVEN KNOWS!).
What do you think about connecting over a body love journey?
Does it matter if body acceptance is a woman’s business right now?