Comfortable with the skin you are in
After 30+ years in this body, I am getting used to it. I am learning, just like everyone else, to love it and be thankful for what I have been given. The emergence of this Me who is content with herself, doesn't mean that I don't strive to fix my little (or BIG) imperfections, just that I accept them while I work on them. Accept that I am not, nor will ever be, 20 again, and that is OK. I strive for balance and health.
I have never suffered from any great body image pitfalls, and I believe part of that was because, growing up my mother never focused on her outside, and always taught us it was what was in the inside that really counted.
Having a little girl I find that I strive even harder to be happy with my body, and feel comfortable in my own skin. I try to be healthy in all aspects of my life and to promote love and beauty from within. As I am getting older, being "healthier" is of more importance to me for a multitude of reasons. I focus more on being healthy and fit than on being "skinny". I won't lie and say that I've never wished of looking like Megan Fox or anyone else with a hot body etc, but I don't have TV and have never been "enamored" by the stars, really, so being fit is more for me and my enjoyment of what I can do with this body (ie climb the stairs without panting, run around with my 4yr old, go hiking with ease, kickboxing, windsurfing, etc).
Having said that I think those teenage years are hard on girls, so I am trying to instill a sense of beauty from within as well as a desire of health in my little girl to give her the tools she needs to brave those tween years with strength and the least amount of pitfalls. The rise of eating disorders is scary! And maybe I can impart a bit of what I have now learned on to her. But most importantly I believe she, as well as others, need role models that are comfortable in their own skin. And role models whom promote balance and health. All things in moderation, is a good motto.
Are you comfortable in the skin you are in?