Why my self is not your best self

We can find motivational and inspirational articles everywhere: fitness is the new black. Being curvy is so 2K15, where K stands for Kardashians. Even the Kardashians don't look like them anymore! Anyway, aesthetically speaking, not being our 'best-self' or not aspiring to, sounds like a blasphemy. 

be yourself

Maybe I've seen too many fitness related new year resolutions recently, too many 'new year new me' articles, but I would like to step up and say a couple of things about myself:
  • I cannot do a cartwheel and I am not planning to learn anytime soon. I've lived 20+ years without doing one, I'll be fine. When you're older the status comes from other skills, not how fit you are on the playground. Thank God!
  • I've never had kale and I feel like now it's too late to start. I believe you can eat healthily avoiding kale and embracing gluten. Free gluten!
  • I don't run. Unless I'm trying to catch a train. Even when that happens and the doors don't close exactly the second I jump in, I want my run back. That's a waste of exercise. 

As much as I admire all the inspiration I can find online, I feel more depressed about myself after scrolling through a motivational fitness Pinterest board than before I started! 

Be your best self if you want, but don't tell me that my best self has to equal your standards. I feel my best self after I ace a philosophy exam, do you see me posting #philspo pictures all over the internet? Now that I think about it, why is it not a thing yet?! If you decide not to be a philosopher you had your reasoning, which means you ultimately are one. But I am going off topic here. It is perfectly fine to aspire at getting better and be your better self, but is it good for your present self to feel less than someone else's best self

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