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  • Sharon Parsons

At 90 years old, what would you wish you had done differently?

At 90 years old, what would you wish you had done differently? Will you regret not living your life to the fullest? Not healing your relationship with your body? Not loving your body through every season? Missing out on memories because you were too afraid to be seen?

I realize from a young age how media and society can impact how you see yourself. And I allowed those thoughts and opinions to shape how I saw my body for a long time. I watched the women around me diet, shame their bodies, and avoid clothes or activities because their bodies didn't fit some cultural standard. And I adopted those behaviours myself.

Now at 37, I have been unpacking these unhealthy beliefs and behaviours. I have been on my own journey of healing my relationship with my body. I have shamed her, avoided her, and judged her harshly. But I am committed to loving her through every season.

Can you imagine regretting not swimming with your kid on a warm afternoon because you were self-conscious about your thighs jiggling?

Can you imagine regretting never feeling comfortable enough to laugh until you couldn't breathe because you were always worried about your teeth not being straight or white?

Can you imagine regretting never embracing your body at 20, 30, 40, or 50 because you thought you were too fat?

Can you imagine regretting not allowing yourself to be seen in a bikini because you had stretch marks from having children?

Can you imagine regretting never letting yourself be vulnerable because you thought people would judge you?

Can you imagine regretting not having fun because the pressure to look perfect consumed you?

Imagine realizing all this time you were perfect the way you are. Imagine realizing how much time you wasted not living your life because you were too worried about what other people thought.

What would you do differently if you knew you only had a limited time on this earth?

I'm on a mission to make the rest of my life the best of my life. I'm done with hiding myself away. I'm done with pretending to be someone I'm not. It's time for me to start living my life authentically and unapologetically. And I invite you to do the same.