Today I am starting a little project on Instagram. Once a week, every Monday at around 1 pm I am going to post a statement about an imperfection that I have. One that I am sure that many can relate too, in an effort to try and spread awareness to women. Especially young women who compare themselves to the unrealistic (and mostly fake) ‘perfect’ photos on social media.
I am not anti-internet or social media, I actually love it. Without it, I would not be able to do what I love (write and connect with people). However, I feel very strongly about the staged houses, airbrushed, filtered bodies and the like as it sets people up to fail. There is no such thing as perfect in real life. We all have imperfections, granted some have more than others! The point is that when all is said and done, it does not matter if you are overweight. If you have spots or if you have a messy kitchen or whatever! What really matters is how kind you are to yourselves and others around you.
Here is a sneak peek at today’s Instagram post so you can see what I am talking about.
So how exactly does this work?
Well, I am hoping that people will get behind this and share it on their social media. I hope people will encourage others to do the same if they relate to the statements. I am hoping that many women will relate and share so that the statements flood social media each week. Then women who worry and compare themselves all of the time will start to realise that real-life women have imperfections and that is okay.
I think that this will go one of two ways. Either people will love it and support it and we may make a real difference to how women view themselves. Or no one will join in and I will make a complete fool of myself sharing all of my embarrassing issues! I am not going to lie, I am rather terrified but I am staying true to my word for the year and embracing my ideas.
I think that even if this fails I will have at the very least taught my daughters some good lessons. Hopefully, I will have taught them that it is okay to take a risk, it is okay to fail and that women or at least myself are not perfect but we are amazing.
And why exactly are you doing this?
I am doing this for two reasons. The first is that most of my life I compared myself to others and stressed about how I looked. When I got to my mid 30’s I started to realise that the camera does lie and what you see on social media is not always true. I started to realise that what is inside a person is much more important than the outside (sorry for the cliche) and I realised that I was worth something, imperfections and all.
The other reason and probably the biggest reason is that I have three daughters. My older two daughters have struggled a lot with body confidence and my youngest who is nearly 12 is starting to show the same signs that the older girls did. I feel that it is because we are bombarded with ‘perfect’ images all of the time. It can really knock your confidence when you are my age so for young girls, it is even more debilitating.
I wanted to do something to help change how women think about themselves. I did not know how I could possibly reach people as I am a small fry! So, when I thought of this idea, I kept putting it off. I kept thinking how silly I will look if no one joins in, but then like I said before, I decided this year my word would be embrace and that includes my ideas so I decided to go for it!
How can I get involved?
I would love for you to share this post with as many people as you can. Come and follow me on Instagram and share the statements that you relate to. I really do not mind if once the project finishes, you unfollow me again as it is not about followers. I just want people to join in so that we can empower women everywhere to stop comparing themselves to unattainable images. Instead, let’s help women embrace themselves as the wonderful people that they are.