Annie Edmonds

WHYITRIBE (THE REASON YOU THINK IT’S IMPORTANT TO CELEBRATE WHO YOU ALREADY ARE):

If everybody in this world was the same, things would be so boring! So bland and so sad. We would have no variety, nothing to strive for, no one to be inspired by and no one to motivate us because everywhere we looked, we would see the same thing. Instead, we have been given an incredible opportunity where we have a very exclusive set of skills, our own unique history and varied looks which means that no one else on this planet is the same as us. How incredible this is. We lose ourselves in comparisons (well at least I know I do), we feel inadequate, but compared to what?! If we honour ourselves and have our own set of benchmarks we wish to achieve, while respecting and giving thanks to who we are now and what we have already accomplished there will be no need to compare ourselves to someone else; a someone else who is nothing like us and so should not be used as a comparison. The ideal is to love ourselves and because we are all part of the same life force, by loving ourselves, we love all other living things.

NAME A TIME RECENTLY WHEN YOU SAID SOMETHING GOOD ABOUT YOURSELF / HOW DID THAT MAKE YOU FEEL?

Umm… this one is not so easy, I rarely say incredibly nice things about myself. I have always struggled with my body image. The other day, I looked in the mirror and said thank you to my body for being so amazing! After all the negative chat it gets from me, it still performs, day-in day-out. I thanked myself and told myself I was pretty awesome.

Why do you think women shy away from celebrating themselves so much? I think we think we sounds conceited and “up-ourselves” as we say in Australia. We feel we need to humble ourselves in order to be accepted. But so often it’s at our own expense because the next person who is willing to put their head higher often benefits by doing so and we continue to lay-low for safety and fear of rejection.

HOW DO YOU OVERCOME THE TENDENCY TO DISCREDIT COMPLIMENTS YOU ARE GIVEN?

I try and say thank you. And I try and force myself NOT to try and explain why I may not deserve it. For example, someone says “you look lovely today” and my instinct is to say “ugh really? I don’t feel it”. However I try and say “thank you” with a smile and take a moment to absorb and enjoy it.

HOW DOES SOCIETY REINFORCE THE IDEA WE ARE NOT ENOUGH AND HOW CAN WE TAKE THAT POWER BACK?

In sooooo many ways. I think I large part of it is advertising and media where (especially today) there is a lot of photo-shopped images and picture perfect women. These images are literally everywhere. The problem is that there’s not a varied cross-section of women who are used in advertising and in the media. Men and women alike are conditioned to believe what they are seeing in the media is the norm and that everyday women who look different and less perfect. Much to our disappointment, everyday women don’t have a photo shopped filter following them around in normal life. We need to get back to reality here. Most men and women love variety, they love imperfections because it’s endearing and we need to stop shoving the unrealistic ideal down the throats of men, women and our younger generations.

Occupation: Associate, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

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