The quest of health became my outlet for how I think about my body and how I perceive myself.
So much of my self-worth was wrapped up in the frivolity of my appearance and once I set that aside, I had a wealth of energy to pour into more fulfilling and meaningful pursuits.
For years, I felt that in order to make a superb impression, succeed, and be well-liked, I needed to wear makeup, style my hair, and spend a fairly righteous amount of time and money on my appearance.
I cringe when I think of just how much of those two precious resources–time and money–I wasted on something as insignificant as my physical appearance.
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I want her to grow up hearing me talk about the projects I’m working on, the books I’m writing, and the ideas I have–not about the way I look.
Gone was the self-inflicted misery of pinching fat and scanning my skin for breakouts.
I took on a new perspective and asked myself: am I really here on earth to waste time fretting over something so superficial as acne? And so I began challenging myself to stop looking in the mirror to think belittling thoughts about my acne, and by extension, the rest of my body too.
I decreased the amount of time I spend getting ready each day and slowly, I eliminated beauty products and regimens from my life.
Hence, I’m not advocating total disavowal of caring for oneself, rather, I now concentrate on things that make me feel good–not just on things that make me look good. Funny how that works–as soon as I stopped exerting my attention towards the superficial, I started doing better things for my body.
I invested this displaced energy into eating healthy foods and exercising. For me, yoga is a crucial basis for how I rejuvenate and exercise. As a born multi-tasker, this is the finest combination of activities ever!