“I think that young men and women are so caught by the way they see themselves. Now mind you, when a larger society sees them as unattractive, as threats, as too black or too white or too poor or too fat or too thin or too sexual or too asexual, that’s rough. But you can overcome that. The real difficulty is to overcome how you think about yourself.” -Maya Angelou
Self-perception can be a very hard thing to shake. When I visit one of my favorite boutiques, the sales staff often ask me if I wear a size smaller than the one I look for, ask for and buy. I have always figured that maybe it was my height or the high-heeled shoes I often wear to take a few visual pounds off. One day I inadvertently pick up a few pieces a size smaller, and they all fit beautifully. Why am I so hesitant to so much as try a smaller size? Maybe I remember not being able to fit anything on the rack, once upon a time. Maybe the reality of who I am and the choices I’m making in my life are finally catching up to my mindset. What do you do when the way you view an aspect of yourself no longer applies?