Being self-conscious of your body is a common ailment that most of us face- especially after becoming moms.
Whether we are trying to hide weight gain, stretch marks, C-section scars or just general unhappiness with our bodies, we tend to avoid being in photos whenever we can for fear of capturing a body image that we cringe at the sight of.
One mom's, sad story reminds us to drop the excuses and jump in the photos.
In a Facebook post, Michelle Steinke, mom of 2, posted a photo of her in 2008 with her infant son. Along with the image, she explains the significance that really hits home for most of us.
"I suppose we all have regrets. We shouldn't, but we do. One of my biggest regrets is that I wasn't in many photos. My self-hate and loathing kept me from taking photos of my babies and photos with the man I loved."
"I can tell you now it was stupid. I can tell you my kids loved me regardless of my weight. I can tell you my husband loved me irrespective of my body. I can tell you when he was gone and they started to grow I regretted not being in more photos and loving the life I was living when I was living it. Hindsight is always 20/20."
Michelle lost her husband Mitch in a plane crash in 2009. At the time of the accident, her daughter Addison was 3 years old and her son Matthew in the picture was only 13 months old.
"The day he died, all I cared about was the memories we made, the trips we took and the photos of our whole family. I regret not being in the photos."
"You can always work on improving yourself but this moment will never come again. Don't waste it wishing you were more."