I post a lot of pictures of me on my Facebook, most of them of me smiling or just enjoying life. I’ve been told that I’m narcissistic, that I’m just obsessed with myself. For those who think or comment in that manner shows me they know nothing about me. If you scroll through my blog or my Facebook, you’ll not find a picture more than five or six years old. I personally only have less than a dozen. Why? I never took pictures of myself because I didn’t feel I mattered. Others didn’t take and post pictures of me either; they still don’t, because I don’t matter to them, not even my friends today. If I’m on their pages, it’s because I’ve tagged myself in a picture that I took, not one that they took of me.
I started taking ‘selfies’ when I read an meme that stated, “If you want to see what or who someone values or fears losing, look at who and what they take pictures of.” That hit me right in the heart and deep in my soul. It was like God whispered in my ear to pay attention. It had me scrolling through my pictures of beautiful outdoor scenery and activities, my pets, my family, my food, art, simple things I found beautiful, and it was clear to see all the things I loved, because they were right there in front of me in brilliant color, picture, after picture, after picture. But it didn’t take long before I noticed what was missing in all those pictures - me. Well, I made a quick excuse, “I’m taking the pictures, so it only makes sense I’m behind the camera, not in front of it. So, I went to my family and friend’s pages, scrolled through their pictures, and again I could clearly see all the things they loved and valued, but not one picture of me. Not one. It broke my heart. It still hurts. This was about five years ago.
Before I go any further, the biggest culprit was me. My family just followed the example I set for them. Because I have problem letting people touch me, my children never hug me, and they tell me it feels awkward when they do. Who the hell feels awkward hugging their mother and telling her that you love her? I’ve hugged and kissed my children since the day they were born, and told them I loved them as often as I could. I still do every chance I get. But, they forget I even exist. So, how does that happen?
I stopped waiting for someone else to love and value me and started to love and value myself. I see women posting pictures every day, mostly of themselves in sexually suggestive positions, and it makes me sad. It’s literally about 95% of the pictures I see. That’s their idea of beauty. They are complimented my men and women alike and told how beautiful they are, so why should they believe any different? Why should they act any different? That’s narcissism, posing to get attention, even if the attention is low, perverted, and disgraceful. These women don’t understand that they’re not displaying their beauty, but their ignorance, allowing themselves to be demeaned as a woman, and viewed only as an object of perversion. The admiration they receive now will fade once they get a little older; their bodies no longer have the same sexual draw, and then what? What will they have to offer their admirers since their admirers are only interested in their flesh. But, a woman who smiles, laughs, is pictured living life, appreciating life, loving herself and the world around her are truly visions of beauty. A woman caught in a moment of compassion, in a nurturing embrace, being a helpmate and friend, those are images of beauty. Beauty is not her cup size, not in the shape of her boobs, lips, legs or ass, or in suggestive positions so perverted assholes can fantasize fucking her. She then becomes only an object of their perversion and no longer a woman of beauty. Believe me; while the men appreciate the pictures, they have no respect for her as a woman.
When I meet a man and start talking to him, if he asks me about my body, or asks me to send him pictures of myself in a bikini etc., then I instantly lose interest in them because it tells me they are not interested in my true beauty. There are enough women with low self-esteem out there eager to please their narcissistic need for approval by ignorant assholes, but I’m not one of them. Don’t get me wrong – when I’m in a relationship with ‘MY’ man, I love to be sexual, playful, flirty, etc., because I can share that part of myself with that man because he already recognized my true beauty. But if I’m not in a relationship, don’t ask me for pictures of my body you fucking assholes! No, definitely ask me, so that way I know who you truly are and can write you off as anyone valuable in my life.
I post pictures of me smiling quite often because I love and value myself. Those smiles are for me, to remind me that I matter. This world can’t do that for me. Someone else can’t do that for me. I have to do it for myself. I post pictures of the people and things that I love and value. Someday someone else will post a picture of me, and it will truly be a picture of beauty.
Till next time,