It took me far too long to realize the potential I had--or the potential my body had. That it's capable of all sorts of things, with a little bit of pushing and hard work, and determination---it can be done.
I also still fully believe there is so much more that I'm capable of, that my mind fully doesn't even believe right now--but one day it will.
One of my facebook friends shared this the other day and when I saw it? It just clicked something within me. Man, what a powerful statement. That Socrates knows what he's talkin' bout.
It resonated with me and not all that often something really does---so when it does? I felt the need to re-share it. So I did.
As I was clicking that share button, Emeline came crawling up in my lap.
She pointed at the picture, directly at that strong, amazing woman---and she said, "Mom, 'dats you!"
I was at first like ohmygoshcrazychild, that woman has arm muscles! and she's toned! I bet she doesn't have a single stretch mark! I'm not even sure I can hold my body up like that! psh! I mean, I didn't say those things, but they totally popped up into my head within seconds.
But as she kept pointing at the screen, repeating, "dat's mom! dat's you mom!", I was kind of taken aback. Like, whoa. Maybe my kid does see me like this? As a source of strength and beauty. Strong and powerful. Pushing her body. Trying to be healthy and on the right path.
And I thought- dang, I want to be the kind of woman my daughter sees.
I want to be that woman.
So I remember that with every workout, with every healthy food choice, every time she sees me stand up for what I believe in, advocate, be strong and courageous---I'm that woman.
I want to be the woman she sees.