I had a ton of compliments on this outfit yesterday. Cute tights. Cute shirt. And a skirt that hits my waist in the perfect spot. So why did I feel uncomfortable with people telling me I looked cute?! I’m not sure that I would have noticed it if @CurvyYoga hadn’t tweeted about this amazing post on “Learning How to Take a Compliment” by @ChallyWrites.
How terrible is that we’re taught to decline compliments on how we look? How am I supposed to learn to love my body if I’m not allowed to believe or acknowledge praise from others?!
I’m constantly saying things like “oh the dress just hits my waist in a good spot, I’m not really that small” or “meh I got it on sale” or “I’m just having a good hair day. It doesn’t normally look like this.”. I think it makes me look arrogant if I say “Thanks! I feel really pretty today.”. Am I not supposed to tell people when I think I look good?
I’m making a vow to myself. From now on I’m going to say “Thank you!”. No excuses. No downplaying myself. No need to give a compliment right back to balance things out.
Just say “Thanks!”.
I've created Imagine Balance to help document my journey to a more balanced life.
In yoga, balance is much more a state of mind rather than a physical ability. I want to imagine balance so that I can achieve it.