In hindsight, I have a different story to tell

October 26, 2016

Sophie Baldwin has been instrumental in bringing the movie Embrace to Echuca-Moama. It will have four screenings – there are only a few tickets left for Friday night at Moama Bowling Club – and she believes it will have an immediate impact on everyone who sees it. Here she gives her own take on body ‘issues’

Hindsight is a marvelous thing. Blessed with 20/20 vision its lessons are something I wish, as a woman in her early 40s, I could pass on.

To my own daughters, at the very least.

Life is so much more than your appearance, which does not define who you are. It is what is in your heart, in your actions and about the choices you make that truly impacts your life.

I learnt a very long time ago you only get one shot at life and one body to do it with.

My body is strong, it is alive and it is working – what more does a person need?

I could spend my life wishing I looked like Elle McPherson, but in reality I don’t and I never will. I am me and that is all I am ever going to be. Why don’t I just work on being the best version of me that I possibly can? How does the strength of my tan, the length of my nails or the size of my waist or my boobs stop me from doing that?

In today’s society we are constantly bombarded with images of the perfect body, but why should a magazine or a social media post dictate how I look, how we look.

Every single one of us born into the world is different – DNA makes sure of that.

We can’t be the same, it is impossible, and why should we even want to be?

As I move through the decades and head into my fifth one (which I can’t believe by the way) I am faced with my own mortality, the years are starting to slip away and I am determined to enjoy what I have left.

Yes, I look after myself – I exercise regularly and I eat healthy food. I am also addicted to chocolate-coated raspberries from the Echuca Chocolate Shop and I eat $27 worth of them a week and I don’t feel guilty because I love them.

Age is starting to take its toll, but the wrinkles tell a story, and so do my laugh lines. My skin is starting to sag and I have had two kids (thanks for the stretch marks) and I am never going to have a six pack, but on the positive side I can dead lift 60kg, back squat 50kg and swing a 20kg kettle bell like a boss.

I can run a half marathon, am training for a half ironman – and that has nothing to do with my appearance whatsoever, or, might I add, my age because I have set myself a goal and I know I can achieve it with hard work and dedication.

At the end of the day I would much rather have spent my life worrying about things I can control than the things that I can’t. I don’t have flawless sun kissed skin, long legs and at any age how is that even going to improve my life?

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