I remember being in 2nd grade and in dance class. It was spring time and our dance recital costumes had come in. Everyone was so excited to try them on in front of the full length, wall to wall mirror and make sure they all fit right. The instructor asked everyone to come out and do our number to see if the costumes fit the song and dance the way she envisioned it. I didn’t have tights on that day, just my dance pants and a leotard. I remember stepping lightly out of the dressing room into the main dance room and looking at the mirror, closely watching my legs jiggle. i wasn’t an obese child. But compared to my friends, I felt like the elephant in the room. That is my very first memory of being self conscious or even ashamed of my body. That’s a lot of burden for an 8 year old to carry.
Watching this video that was produced by Dove was a real eye opener for me. To know that these teenaged girls were so greatly impacted by what their moms did and said about themselves was so crazy. I have so much to change in myself and my attitude about myself before I make a lasting negative impression on my girls. I refuse to allow my girls to have so much hatred towards their bodies as I did and do still. It’s truly up to me as to what kind of legacy I’ll leave for my girls, that will pass down to countless girls in my family tree to come.