Elsie and Emma from A Beautiful Mess recently posted an invitation for an exciting challenge: to take 30 self portraits in 30 days. I've been wanting to do a photography challenge but felt overwhelmed by those 365 challenges; a photo every day for a year?! Every time I started, I got about two weeks in before I stopped. But this one seemed doable ... and also made me a little nervous, so I thought I would give it a try.
Why be nervous about taking a few "selfies"? Well first, isn't it a little self-centered to be taking and posting a lot of pictures of myself? Maybe. But I've gotten over that before on this blog, and I can balance out a few self-portraits with a lot of pictures of nature and other beautiful things and people.
The truth is, I don't always like pictures of myself, and I - like many - struggle with body image. It's silly because I feel like I like (sometimes even love) my body as a whole, but I never fail to find little things to criticize. And then the saddest thing: I'll see contemporary pictures of myself and find faults, but when I look back at really old pictures I think "What was I so critical of? I was beautiful!" So if I can look back and find beauty in myself, why can't I find beauty in myself right now? I don't want to spend my whole life not enjoying myself, who I am in the present. So here goes a journey to better self love through selfies. I think it can happen.
Do you struggle with body image? How do you handle it?