Saturday, October 08, 2011


I decided to buy a headband for my hair. I was looking for a soft elastic one, and found that there were many colors available. One of the packs of headbands had lots of brown in it. I decided I should buy that one for my brown hair. Wait....brown hair? Um....I haven't had brown hair for many years! Wow, it is amazing the perceptions we have of ourselves! I think of myself as being brown haired, but actually it is silver now.

I was walking in the store and saw some women who were quite heavy, who were wearing very tight stretchy shirts that did nothing to hide the volume of belly. In fact, they actually made the "inner tubes" around their wastes look even larger! I kept wondering how they could allow themselves to go out in public looking like that. Then I passed a mirror and saw that my own stomach is nothing to be parading around. Although my shirts aren't as tight, still, I guess we all do the best we can with what we have. But a hint to those women: smaller clothes do not make you look smaller.

Lately when I walk past a mirror or glass window, the image that I see is my mother. So much about my physical appearance reminds me of my mother, even though my face doesn't really look like hers. I never really thought of myself as looking like her, but I guess I do. I guess I need to spend a little more time in the mirror so that my perceptions of myself meet up with reality. :)


Nene said...

I've told myself to look at myself in the mirror before I go out anywhere. It's amazing to me that I can just leave and not look in the mirror, then come home and pass a mirror and say, "Oh my gosh, I can't believe I went out looking like that!"

Grannymar said...

I did not turn into my mother, I looked like her all my life. Standing at the graveside on the morning of her funeral, a gentleman that I had not seen for over twenty five years, took my hand and said "You have to be Marie, you are so like your mother!".

Rummuser said...

When I wake up now even from a small nap, I have to remind myself that I have to be extremely careful getting off the bed. It takes time to remember that I am now constrained. Yes perceptions of our own selves can be deceptive till reality kicks in.

Max Coutinho said...

Hi D!

LOL "inner tubes" LOL I loved that one!

Well, people do have the wrong perceptions about themselves sometimes but I do not think that is the only reason why bigger ladies wear tight clothing: many fashion advisors (in TV shows) tell people to wear tighter clothes because loose clothing makes them look even bigger. Result: people follow these advices without thinking that each rounder body is a unique rounder body and has different approaches.

I adored this post, D: it does makes us reflect upon ourselves and how we perceive our body.