Why Selfies Heal [entry-title permalink="0"]

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I never liked getting my photo taken, especially those horrible candid shots that leave you looking like an Oompa Loompa. At some point I realized that I was starting to avoid having my picture taken and to avoid being in any of the family photos. It was like I was not even there. There was no evidence of me at family parties or holidays and that just wasn’t cool with me.
I watched as selfies became popular on Instagram and Facebook and thought perhaps I could take some pics of myself and see what happens.
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I didn’t realize how healing this would be for me. How I would learn to see myself differently.
How I would begin to see my beauty.
How I would begin to notice what I liked about my face and how it would change how I felt about me.
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I started this selfie experiment in my forties and I really didn’t do it consciously at first but now I am acutely aware of how important it is for me to take these pics of myself.
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It’s not about vanity, or being conceited. One might think that if you look at my Instagram feed as I post many of them there.
It is about witnessing my own beauty, understanding who I am beyond the face, growing more and more in love with who I am as I age, learning to work with what I have and seeing beyond the flawed and broken human being I’ve always thought myself to be.
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It is an act of coming home and reclaiming my SELF.

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