The night before my 40th birthday I had anepiphany. You know, the kind that makes you jump out of bed in the middle of the night and write it down, because otherwise you may forget exactly how you wanted to phrase it. (A gift that comes with middle age)
I realized that most of my thinking about myself has been skewed by my peers, Hollywood, and the media. I have spent years of my life wishing I was smarter, taller, thinner, younger, richer. But why?
When I was only twenty I met the man of my dreams and we will be celebrating our 19 year anniversary this summer. I have two children that are as flawed as their parents, but absolutely perfect. I have a small house that I can clean completely in less than one day, and when I call for dinner everyone can hear me. Life is too short for wishing for what we don't have. It's time to love what's there, who we are and where we have been.
So I wrote my mantra down, and I carry it in my purse. Maybe, just maybe, this will inspire you to write yours. And if you just want to use mine, well that's ok too.
I love myself just the way I am today. I wish away no moments, and celebrate life just as it is. I embrace every curve, wrinkle and flaw that is on my body, because it is a part of me. All of the heartache, laughter, sorrow and love has turned me into who I am. I am unique. I am beautiful. And I am happy, because I am me.