Though I’ve proclaimed the benefits of self-love and self-acceptance for many years now, I feel like I am just now becoming comfortable with my many flaws. (Newsflash: I am a hypocrite!) While it is easy for us to shower love on our friends, family, and even complete strangers, it is more difficult to cut ourselves some slack.
I think this is especially hard for women in westernized cultures. With the recent acceptance of male-female social and cultural equality (a.k.a feminism) women are now expected to take on many roles. After all, the modern ‘ideal woman’ is the love child of June Cleaver and Hillary Clinton; the perfect blend of wholesomeness and ambition. She has the ability to keep a perfect household and raise well-behaved children– all the while climbing the corporate ladder, clad in her tasteful, DSW pumps.
Even so, it is hard not to be hard on yourself. (Wow, so eloquent, so deep.)
Today, in all honesty, was not exactly my personal best. I missed my 9 am, because I was up late studying, and slept through my alarm. I had THE BIGGEST zit on my nose. I lost my phone. I spilled coffee on my jeans, and had to go back to my room and change (thus effectively making me late for work). I ate a cookie at lunch, and skipped going to work out with my gym buddy, because I was so tired. And to top it all off, I got a rather expensive haircut and splurged on a new Bible and nose ring.* It’s now 11:30 at night, and I have yet to do any homework, but you better believe that I have watched 2 straight hours of Jane the Virgin.
But you know what? I am okay with today. I am going to cut myself some slack, and go to bed. Tomorrow is a new day– though I will still be the same flawed human.
And I am okay with that.
*Perhaps not the most conventional of purchases