Elle Macpherson is a well known supermodel and in this photo, she is stunning, gorgeous, lean, with lovely long hair in a bikini on a yacht at fifty years old.
She is an absolute knockout and at an inspirational age.
So I printed the photo out from online and stuck it on my fridge. I have X number of years to get myself into that kind of shape, I told myself. If she can do it? I can do it! Hurrah!
And I walk past that photo of the terrifically fit and gorgeous 50 year old Ms Macpherson every day...
And it wasn't until the other day that I had a sort of a realization.
Elle Macpherson was born with genes that I was not. Tall, thin genes. I didn't get those.
Elle Macpherson has a body shape that I will never have. Unless, of course, I get massive amounts of plastic surgery and have bones shaved and leg bones stretched and all sorts of things that are actually done in our world but I will never naturally be any taller or less shapely. I gots curves.
Yes, I could absolutely be strong and as lean as possible when I'm fifty. I could be toned and fit and healthy and that is a goal I can certainly reach towards. But that body? I'm never going to have.
So I may keep the photo on my fridge a while longer because man, it's great to see you can be what we used to think of as "old" and still look like a gazillion dollars. But instead of me wanting to look like her, I want to look as healthy as her and I have a good number of years to get there.
I also know that time tends to fly, and that it's easier to gain weight and to lose tone and fitness than it is to get fitter, and I know that Elle Macpherson probably has financial resources to help her that I probably can't afford right now but it's clear she takes care of herself and her body and I can do the same.
Maybe some day, someone will be looking at a photo of me in a bikini somewhere going Wow, Victoria looked like that when she was X years old? I can do that too!