Last week, I spent three days looking at over ten different apartments near Houston, Texas. I saw large apartments, small apartments, beautiful gym amenities, huge pools, fire pits, large kitchen islands, new appliances, generous balconies, and so much more.
Both days were spent touring potential apartments and both nights were spent reviewing the options.
I took into account monthly rent, utilities, available amenities, parking garages, square footage, age of the buildings, layouts, nearby trails, close restaurants, proximity to offices, safety, floor level, apartment style, front desk staff, curb appeal, and everything else I could possibly think of.
Chances are you’ve done a similar apartment search, or even a house search, and took in account the same, if not more, variables.
After all, this is the place you’re going to be living in! This is going to be your new home! This is the place you come back to each night, wake up in each morning, and spend a good chunk of the weeknights and weekends. Or, if you’re like me and work from home, then this is where you spend almost all of your time.
Where you live is a huge decision, and one that you should take seriously. However, while we're searching for the perfect new apartment or house, we know in the back of our minds that it might be temporary. We know what we can choose to move again. We know we aren’t locked in to one specific home forever (unless you’re Arthur Guinness and sign a 9,000 year lease).
Why is it then that we spend so much time picking the perfect apartment or house and yet forget about the one we’re guaranteed to live in for the rest of our lives? Why is it that we neglect the one and only home we’ve truly been given? Why do we put ourselves – and our bodies – on the backburner of our daily lives?
You will only be given one body. And that one body is the one you currently live in.
By no means am I saying that whatever shape, size, or condition our bodies are in now is the same as it will always be. I’m not saying you can’t reach your goals, attain the body of your dreams, or make positive change in the direction you want. I’m not asking you to resign to your current shape, without hope of every achieving the body you desire.
Instead, I’m simply hoping to inspire you to look at your body with more gratitude. I’m reminding you that you were given one body to live in for the rest of your life (and that it’s yours alone). I’m encouraging you to take care of that one body, your one permanent home, and treat it with as much care as you would treat a house. I’m asking you to give your body as much attention as you would give to apartment or house hunting.
I’m suggesting you make the absolute most of the body you have and make doing so a top priority.
I want to share a piece of an email from Neghar Foononi and her Bikini Rebellion challenge.
“What I'm suggesting isn't merely acceptance, it's active acceptance; it's making the choice to immerse yourself in reality while making positive changes and cultivating healthier habits. Body acceptance is not the same as resignation--it's making the choice to live in a positive reality. Body acceptance does not mean that we can't have the desire to change, as there is absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to change your body…as long as it comes from a place of love.”
Do you love the home you’ve been given to live in? Are you ready to put in the work it takes to make your home everything you want and more? Are you willing to give your body as much TLC as you’d give a new house?
Your body is the only forever home you have to live in – and only you have to live in it.