First, watch this video 🙂
For the longest time, my Twitter bio simply said, “Love your tree”. As girls, we tend to be so critical of our own bodies in a society that glamorizes skinny, unattainable bodies as how we are “supposed to look”… and for some reason, we believe it. We need to see beauty in our originality, in our own bodies and others bodies. Even beyond our bodies.. in our roots, we have beauty! No more comparing each other ladies, because we are all beautiful.
I know I can be hard on my own body. Somedays I think my thighs are too huge, my nails are disgusting, my stomach folds over, and my hair is awkward and blah. So what if when I want to wear a bikini while sitting down, my stomach decides to fold over? That just means I’m enjoying the many chocolates, pizzas, and vodka mixers that life has to offer me. I have chosen the lifestyle I want to live, and I need to learn to love my tree.
So maybe you think that your shoulders are a little broad or your thighs are huge or you hate your smile. Or maybe you’re the girl that gets told she is too skinny or maybe you work very hard on your body and get told you’re too buff. Chances are no one will ever say these things to us. It comes from within our own minds. And if someone has said this to you, shame on them. Karma will come back to bite them for being cruel, but we… we can change things.
If you’re really not happy with your “tree”, then make a change. Whether it be exercise, mindfulness, healthy eating, or practicing self love, do what it takes to be happy, to appreciate your body, to love your tree– no matter if you’re a rose bush, an oak, a red sequoia, or even a Christmas tree!
I’d like to imagine I would be a ginkgo tree in full Autumn bloom.
What do you think your spirit tree is? What are you doing or will you do to learn to love your tree?