Not many pictures in this blog entry. I've been thinking about this for awhile and I've decided that I am going to go ahead and write about it. It's sort of a pet-peeve of mine.
A lot of you don't use pictures as your icons. I've noticed this. It bothers me. Some people use art, some people use animals, some people use avatars or cartoon characters. Some people use dogs. Now you all know that I am a HUGE dog lover. But when did it get so bad that we had to use a dog picture to represent us? Do you remember that saying back in the 70's "She looks like a dog"? None of us ever wanted a boy to say that about us. And yet, some of us are using dog pics instead of pics of ourselves.
Now, I'll be the first to admit that whole "She looks like a dog" thing could be said about me somedays because I'm a stay at home mom and when I stay home and no one but my family has to see me, I will generally decide not to wash my hair or shave my legs and wear sweats. But, when I go out I will take the time to do something with myself. That something doesn't always work out and I have learned to live with that. Usually involves some big zit in the middle of my forehead, something like that. I am not what I call a pretty woman. I was an art major in school and so I have a tendency to look at people as if I were drawing them. I have been known to say to my husband or a friend - "look at her, isn't she gorgeous?" pointing at a pretty woman. Sometimes friends have thought this was a little weird. My husband knows I am doing an empirical analysis, not oogling.
But I digress . . . I had to put a picture of myself on facebook. Initially I chose the one that I use on this blog (the ABOUT ME picture). Then I decided that I was going to change it up every so often. The next one was this . . .
I thought that having someone go up the staircase and take the picture while I looked UP would hide the fact that I have about five chins. And while the picture does have a dog in it - I am not using a dog to represent me. Oh, I also wanted to show that I have gray hair. I earned every one of them. What I did not realize was just how many! This picture disturbed me in so many ways that I finally reverted to the earlier one.
I am fat. Overweight. Probably Obese. I think I am going to have to worry about high blood pressure and cholesterol really soon. But here's the thing - I have only myself to blame - and only myself to dig myself out of THAT hole.
Back to the pictures. I went for this one next . . .
The point is, they are all pictures of me in my not-so-perfectness. I want you all to know ME. I'm not judging you, but I'd like to get to know YOU (not the chihuahua) - even if it is just a tiny half inch by half inch picture of you. This is ME - and I'm not big on the pot calling the kettle black - so show me YOU.
OK, off my soapbox now - and hoping I haven't offended all of you! Best regards - Katherine