Monday, October 15, 2012
As the last day of the challenge, another list of three things I love about myself:
1) I love that I like to know things--that I like to learn, and that I can remember things I learn.
2) I love that I can focus on living my life NOW--not 10 years from now, not after I have children (or my children, when I do have them, are grown), not when I graduate, or 50 pounds from now, or whatever. NOW. Maybe I can't do everything I want to do now (because I want to do a great many things) but I'm not in a constant holding pattern either.
3) I love that I have always loved fruits and vegetables--even as a child. Sometimes because of my husband's food allergies it can be challenging to get the variety I should (since a few things I can't have at all at home, others are hard to do at home so I don't do them often, and because when we share a meal we try to have foods we can both eat--since he wants to eat healthier as well) but it's never a hardship to snack on some jicama (one of my very favorite snacks!), pomegranates, cauliflower, snap peas, cucumbers, green peppers, concord grapes, blueberries, watermelon, or whatever else we have on hand.
I have been reading other people's lists--and people talking about them--and the one thing that keeps coming up is how hard it is to write them. I mean, I can quite easily come up with three things I love about my husband without blinking an eye; I could even come up without half thinking about it three things I love about my LIFE. I can easily think of threet hings I'm grateful for--I actually used to do that several times a week for a team I was active on, from the big things (like an awesome family and great friends) to the little things (like having fresh grapes in the fridge). But things that I love about myself, that are MY intrinsic qualities? That's so much harder to come up with. But the more I think about it, the more I think it is a really good thing to take the time to think about what we really like about ourselves--because we're worth it. I'm not saying that any of us are perfect, or that there's no room for improvement--but we still have characteristics that are worth appreciating.
So... even if you aren't on the Cougar's team (or visiting it), I challenge you to take a minute and blog about three things you really like about yourself. It could be something Big, like being really organized or smart or loyal, or it could be something smaller --like the fact that you can still ride a bike with no hands, or that you can keep a hula hoop up for 5 minutes (I doubt I could!), or that you make a mean margarita.