I don’t know what insecurities you struggle with on a daily basis but one of mine is sweating. Now I’m not talking about, I just ran a half marathon and I am drenched. Nope. This might be TMI, but when you are sitting in a cold room during an hour-long meeting and you are sweating through your shirt that you picked out specifically so no one would notice. Yeah, that kind of sweat.
I wish I was like those women at the gym, that after just finishing a full-body workout they glisten as though they walked through one of those mist machines at the theme parks on a hot day. Or somehow they are actually sparkling. I mean glitter… Like a fairy just waved her wand and dusted her with magical sparkly fairy dust. Like really, how is this even possible? I come out of a serious weight lifting session looking like a hurricane has spun me around, I’m drenched and my hair is a mess, it’s not so picture perfect.
As far back as I remember I have tried to hide my excessive sweating, but probably most of the time it wasn’t really hidden. So thank you to all my friends who ignored the fact that I had what seemed like a waterfall streaming out of my armpits. And yes for those of you asking “have I tried (fill in the blank)?” I have tried a plethora of deodorants, antiperspirants, and a handful of proscribed ones too to no avail.
Ok, so why would I share this with you. Normally I wouldn’t, I would hide this away and never talk about it and pray that no one noticed. But I have been working, to be honest, open, and vulnerable with you since I started writing this blog. I realized sometimes you are going to get the sweaty pits part of me. Isn’t it true that we all have something we tried to hide away? Our insecurities can be a downfall of our mental state.
You know what doesn’t help when you are having anxiety, sweaty pits… and you want to take a guess what happens when I have anxiety…. yup, you guessed it. When that happens I start to have anxiety about people in the room noticing that I’m perspiring. Anxiety on top of anxiety makes for enormous amounts of anxiety. Raise your hand if you can relate? Well, not too high or those sweaty pits might reveal themselves.
We all have something we deal with. It is your choice on how you respond to what life throws at you. I have not always responded to life’s curveballs in the best way. I’m not perfect, but it’s not about being perfect. It is more about how you pick yourself back up and learn from your mistakes to choose differently the next time. I don’t know what your insecurities are but start today if you never have before, when they present themselves, stop and think “can I choose to respond differently?” Be honest with yourself and with others. Do you want to know the funny thing about writing about my insecurity? We usually tend to keep our insecurities a secret, well I just spilled the tea with all of my awesome friends (subscribers). So, there really isn’t a point to try to hide it anymore. I will be interested to see how this affects this specific insecurity in the future.
I pray that this blog today was an encouragement to you and can help in your daily life. Always know I am available to pray with you or just be someone to talk to when life gets hard. E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need prayer!
Talk to you next Monday!