So it's that time of year, the time to look back and reflect (at least for me) and then look forward into the new year and figure out if there's anything I can do better next time around the sun. One resolution I'm making and going to try my hardest to keep is to visit with my extended family more. I'm very lucky in that mostly everyone I love lives right here in my town. Barring an aunt and uncle in Wawa, and some very dear internet friends, my family is nearby. How often do I see most of the extended family? Once or twice a year. I have a 92 year old grandmother I haven't seen since last Christmas. That is very very shitty of me. Yes I've been busy with school and graduating and teacher's college and family but really, that's no excuse not to visit with her. She's lived a life that's been rich and LONG and there's so much I can learn from her, and maybe there's a thing or two I can share with her. She's one of the only people I know who's lived through darn near an entire century and so much has changed in that time it must be surreal to her sometimes.
My other resolution is to take Harriet Brown's "I Love My Body" pledge. I posted it up as a note on my facebook yesterday eve and was pleased to see a few friends jump onboard as well. Unfortuntately my mom said she can't do it. She's quit smoking the last couple of years for which I'm eternally grateful (and I'm sure her lungs/body are too) but she's pretty determined to not gain a pound. Ever. She walks miles, volunteers with our local Search and Rescue and is always busy around the house; shovelling, hauling firewood, cutting the lawn, etc. I admire her go-to attitude but I worry that she might be overdoing it sometimes. Anyway, I've taken the pledge and I encourage others too as well!
I, Jennifer Rowe, pledge to speak kindly about my body.
I promise not to talk about how fat my thighs or stomach or butt are, or about how I really have to lose 5 or 15 or 50 pounds. I promise not to call myself a fat pig, gross, or any other self-loathing, trash-talking phrase.
I vow to be kind to myself and my body. I will learn to be grateful for its strength and attractiveness, and be compassionate toward its failings.
I will remind myself that bodies come in all shapes and sizes, and that no matter what shape and size my body is, it’s worthy of kindness, compassion, and love.
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