My post “Too Fat” really seems to have resonated with quite a few people. It was shared on Facebook 36 times, which is a record for this blog. Since writing it, I’ve been working up the gumption to allow myself to be photographed. I’ve been thinking about how I would like to be photographed, what my children would like to look back at someday. I’m a planner, I’m a designer. I like to ponder a project before taking action.
And then, I visited my friend Kim’s beautiful blog and noticed something new in her sidebar. A little charcoal gray square reading “Aleida’s Challenge“. So I clicked it. And I was struck once again. Convicted. Don’t over think the photos – at least TRY not to. Just take those photos. Because life is too short and too unpredictable, as Aleida’s family sadly discovered. But she had already determined to leave a legacy of love in photographs.
So now you will see, in my own sidebar, that same charcoal gray square that means that I will be having a photograph of myself taken once a month, sometimes pretty, sometimes plain, without dieting first, whether or not I have a blemish. I am a little apprehensive, but that’s OK. I’ll get over it after a while. And you will too.
Even if you don’t have a blog, take the challenge. Grab your camera, hand it to your husband, a child, a friend and have them snap some photos of you with your kids, or with your husband, or on your own. And then make sure that you share them with your family. Because they love you. You are important. And they want to remember that love when they are away from home, or when someday – many years from now – you are no longer here.
And for those of you who have doubted that I am, in fact, a real person, here is the first evidence to the contrary: