"I'd like you to stand naked in front of the full-length mirror and look at yourself. REALLY look at yourself. Then I want you to write down 10 things you like about your body and let me know what you've come up with," He said. WHAT? Are you kidding me? That's when I came up with the oven idea. Surely this Man was kidding, right? Who asks a woman to do that? No way was I going to do it. No way, now how!
As I was thinking about it all afternoon (trying to talk myself into it, knowing that he had a greater purpose than my humiliation), I found myself thinking that there is NO way I'd be able to come up with 10. Ten is a HUGE number for an assignment like that! This guy must be off his rocker, right? TEN? Why not ten THOUSAND? While I knew that the oven wasn't a viable option, I DID entertain the idea of deleting my facebook accounts and changing my phone number so I could just never speak to him again. Then I tried to think about what he was trying to get me to do. To look at myself and look for the beauty that I do not see or easily dismiss. Dammit. Why did I have to pick the insightful Man?
So I did it. I haven't looked in a full-length mirror since my sister's wedding in March. I cannot tell you which decade it was the last time I looked in a full-length mirror while naked. When you avoid mirrors, it's easier to stay in denial about what you've done to yourself over the years. As I stood there, really looking at myself, I started to cry. Those of you that know me well know how out of character that is for me. Nonetheless, the tears rolled down my face. When I couldn't stand there any more, I put on my robe and sat down to process it all. Finally, after a few minutes, this was my response to him:
1. My hair. Even though it needs to be recolored, it's long and strong and thick.
2. My eyebrows. I am a low-maintenance girl and my eyebrows behave themselves w/o much upkeep.
3. My eyes. They change colors with my mood. They were blue earlier today; now they're dark hazel-grey.
4. My nose piercing. I've always thought it was subtle, yet cute and sexy.
5. My ankles. That's where my tattoos are and even after all these years, I still love them.
6. The freckles on my nose.
7. My smile. I think it goes up faster in one corner and makes it look like a mischievous smirk.
ADDITION to #2. My right eyebrow specifically because I can raise that one in a quizzical manner.
8. My nipples. They're small, but very reactive to temperature and touch. My left one still has a scar from when I pierced it when I was drunk.
I'm sorry. I can't finish the rest. Anything else I say would be a lie and I won't lie to you.
I made it to #8. EIGHT. It wasn't ten, but it was EIGHT! Turns out I don't hate my body nearly as much as I thought I did. Yes, there is room for a boatload of improvement, but still, EIGHT things I like, you guys!
This is definitely progress and it only happened because I allowed Him to push me WAY outside of my comfort zone, trusting that he would be there for me no matter the result.