I remember "back in the day" when we would watch the Super Bowl JUST for the commercials. I mean if these companies were dropping that much money to get a 30 second spot on TV, they BETTER be good, right?!
I would say there were only two commercials that stood out to me last night (maybe I wasn't paying that close of attention this year, or maybe they really just weren't that great).
The first was the Loctite commercial. Um.... can you say HILARIOUS?! Now obviously I am not running out to buy super glue any time soon, but I still give them BIG PROPS for making me chuckle!
I mean who doesn't love a good fanny pack?! #AmIRightOrAmIRight?!
The next one was an Always [Yes, the feminine hygiene period pad company...] commercial that resonated with my heart.
REAL TALK: I would say I definitely grew up with terrible self esteem. And if I was completely honest with myself (and you), I would say it is the same today.
I grew up thinking I was "too fat", "too stupid", "too flat chested", "too ugly", you name it I hated it about myself. The unfortunate thing is, I don't think I was/ am alone. I think society imposes all kinds of crazy expectations on us (not just girls, but for some reason it seems as though we are more impressionable) and we are continually battered down and down. Any self love we may have had at one point (the commercial says that it tends to happen around puberty), quickly turns into self hatred.
Last night I noticed my Instagram feed had a bunch of pictures of women doing things #LikeAGirl. It was so empowering to see ladies CLAIMING the phrase! It wasn't something to be ashamed of, it was something to OWN! I jumped in and posted a picture of me "running like a girl".
I posted it with a comment that said: "Proud to RUN #LikeAGirl! Strong, sparkly, and speedy!". But then I got to thinking today, am I proud of who I am? Do I love myself? How is my self confidence?
It is easy to say (or hear) things like "God made you in His image and He doesn't make mistakes", "It's what's on the inside that counts", "Your heart is beautiful", but do
I think that is one of the reason I try to be as encouraging to others as I can be - because I know what it feels like to hate yourself and think no one is in your corner. I would never wish that upon my worst enemy, so if there is anything I can do to try and prevent others from feeling that way, I will do my darndest!
Honestly, I think running has helped my self esteem a bit. Instead of seeing my body as something to be ogled (which is what society tells us it's for, right?), I started seeing it for what it could DO, what I can accomplish. Instead of seeing my thunder thighs as being fat, I have started seeing them as strong to help me conquer hills.
I am not saying that it changed overnight, but eventually it can help. I mean, if you think of yourself one way for 25+ years, you aren't going to be able to change that opinion overnight... Running is great, but it isn't a magic pill.
Sorry for the rambling and jumping all over the place - just trying to keep it real. As you can see, my self esteem is still a daily struggle (last week was extra craptastic with it), but I felt it was important to address, especially in light of the #LikeAGirl campaign.
How is your self confidence?