Until recently, having my picture taken is not something that happens often. I am usually the one behind the camera. I have albums of photos of my family and friends, and I am in almost none of the images.
But the iPhone has opened up a new world: the self portrait. The first time it happened, I was taking a picture of something up above and accidentally flipped the focus to myself. Holy frijoles! I didn’t even know how that worked. So I took a photo. And posted it on Instagram. Since then, I have taken lots of selfies. It’s pretty fun, actually.
This year Gwyneth Paltrow was named People magazine’s most beautiful woman. “I think one of the most beautiful things about growing up is this self-acceptance that starts to happen,” says Gwyneth. I totally agree! To be perfectly clear: I am not comparing myself to Gwyneth Paltrow. But we do have a couple of things in common. We were both born one year apart in the early ’70s, and our children are the same ages. According to my parents, my sister and I played with Gwyneth at the Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite many years ago when she and her mom, Blythe Danner, were spending Thanksgiving there like we were.
My point is, in the People interview Gwyneth reveals that she feels more comfortable in a bathing suit now than she did in her 20s. I don’t know if I look better than I did when I was 20, and I definitely don’t want people to think that I think I’m beautiful. But, like Gwyneth, I feel better about myself than I did when I was younger. Perhaps I’m more confident now, or maybe it’s just the self acceptance that comes with being 40. But it wasn’t difficult to get past my insecuritues about taking pics of myself. Because showing your selfie is great.
Please show me your selfie. Take a self portrait and post your photo on Instagram with hashtag #seekingselfies. I can’t wait to see your selfie!