Since I’ve lived in the UK there has always been a massive drive towards summer; it’s a time when people go on holiday, relax and enjoy the warmer weather. It’s also a time that a lot of people frantically prepare for, in terms of body image.
Here are some of the things I’ve heard over the last few years.
“I’m going on holiday soon so I really need to shed some weight and get fit.”
“I need to get my abs to show by the time I go away.”
“I need to feel good in my bikini."
I’ve written about this in a slightly different way before, but I feel like it is a good time to revisit this topic. If we were to take a cross section of people who are starting training or who have been getting fitter for a while I believe there would one main goal or driving force:
**Everyone would love to look really good naked**
Let’s face it, you’ve probably gotten out the shower or bath and looked in the mirror at some point and thought of a area that you’d love to change. There is absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to look like the best version of yourself, however, there is always the potential for people to become either too obsessed with their imperfections.
I don’t spend much time looking into celebrity lifestyles, but the last couple of weeks has seen Kim Kardashian’s buttocks being paraded around the internet. Piers Morgan wrote a very scathing article about her in the Daily Mail, which was actually hard to argue with. He used strong words to say, amongst other things, that she has helped to create a world for her 51 million followers where there is a huge focus on material wealth and the ‘perfect' body. Plastic surgery and the wonders of photoshop have catapulted her into the hot seat at the moment as people are starting to see through the charade.
The reason I mention this is because we all seem to want what other people have got. All the while we are the most advanced version of humanity ever; we have the ability to nurture a nature of happiness through contentment and yet we still crave the lifestyle of others.
My point today is that being happy doesn’t mean to say that everything in your life is perfect (or what society deems is perfect). It means that you can look past the imperfections in your life and focus the awesome planet that surrounds us. Some of the happiest people I have ever met in my life are the ones who have never even heard of Kim Kardashian, or butt implants for that matter.
The main thing I wanted to put across is that you are great! You have the ability to look good naked; it all starts with believing that you do look good in the first place. We can chisel away the exterior as much as we like but we’ve got to be able to recognise that true happiness lies far beyond the physical.
My mission for you this week is to head out into the wide world and find 5 things that truly make you happy. I’d be interested to hear what makes your list, more importantly how it makes you feel to acknowledge the true happiness around you.
Have a great week ahead.
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Brendan is the owner and head trainer at Raw Motion Fitness.