I spent a large portion of my adult life as part of the ‘new age’ community. One common idea you’ll hear is that “you need to accept yourself and love yourself as you are.” I am pretty sure that I ‘get’ the underlying concept here, but in practice this leads to people trying to feel fine about themselves even if they are not “where they want to be” physically.
Well, at the risk of offending my positive-thinking former companions, I don’t accept myself as I am. I don’t like being out of shape and overweight. I’ve spent 16 years getting more and more flabby. I’m not putting up with my own lazy attitudes any longer. I’m going to change. I know that it’s hard work, but you know something?
I’d spent also spent a good portion of my adult life working really hard. Hard work doesn’t faze me.