I think maybe I'm getting old and grumpy. (Well, I know I'm getting old).
I realize there is a fine line between confidence and arrogance. I also understand it's important to have confidence, love yourself, and believe in yourself. I'm working on self-confidence. "Head up/shoulders back" as my husband frequently reminds me.
But, what I want to rant about today is egotism, arrogance, self-promotion and flat-out narcissism.
For the soon-to-be and new competitors (or planning-to-be competitors) out there, have some humility and grace. Be a representative of the sport. It really ISN'T all about you. You are not the very first person ever to compete or get in shape.
I'm tired of seeing your crotch shots and photos of you in various stages of undress plastered on social media three to four times a day. We get it. You go to the gym. You're going to compete. Enough already.
Question to ask yourself: Do Nicole Wilkins, Dana Linn Bailey, Flex Lewis or any number of other professional bodybuilders post pictures of themselves all day/every day? No. But if anyone should, they should. Do they post shots of their crotch when they're doing RDL's*? No? Why? Because maybe they have some class and self-respect. Maybe they're representative of the sport. Maybe they believe it's important to lift others up and inspire them. Maybe, just maybe, they're not into themselves nearly as much as you are. And, again, if anyone should be, they should be. They also have grace, class and style. (As does my coach, who again, as an IFBB pro has reason to self-promote).
If you're in this for the attention and the glory and how many likes you can get, you're in it for the wrong reason.
If, however, you're in this for the lifestyle, to lift others up, to improve yourself, keep on doing you. Be proud of what you've accomplished. Stand tall. Be confident. But have grace while doing it.
If you do succeed in competing and get that Pro Card, practice some grace - it's very attractive and will carry you far. A little humility goes a long way.
Now, carry on with your day. Rant over.