Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Confidence from Within

Lately I've realized that I am aging. Wrinkles, age spots, sagging skin on spots no one wants to see. It's all a bit depressing but also wonderful. I've come to realize that I need to be confident because of who I am not just what I look like. No, I don't look like a teenager anymore, but thankfully I don't want to. I'm happy with the muscles I've built by lifting faithfully, the wrinkles I've earned with too much laughter, the strands of gray hair I keep finding (who needs highlights?).

I've often wondered if I would be able to age gracefully or if I'd fight it Botox-style. I'm praying I'll be able to embrace each year and realize that my confidence comes from the things I accomplish with my writing, the smiles I create on my boys' faces, the relationship I have with my husband, the chances I take to help someone feel good about themselves, the friends who make me giggle like a teenager, the knowledge that I am a beloved daughter of a Heavenly Father who loves me. All these things give me confidence that sagging ab muscles can't take away.

I hope all of you know how wonderful you are and are blessed with confidence from within. Please share with all of us what gives you confidence.


  1. me...I will always use highlights...but I LOVE ME! God made me and I embrace it! My resolve it to continually try and stay fit and beat "age" as long as I can. Not that I want to be "younger"...I don't...but it's always a good feeling to know I'm winning the "race". Meaning...that I "look" 5 years or so younger than I am... that helps me push myself.

  2. That is fabulous. I thought after I wrote this post, I hope it doesn't seem like I'm giving into aging, I just want to be careful not to base my confidence on how I look.
    But I agree, it is such a boost when people think you're younger than you are!