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Almost every day when I turn on the car radio I hear horrible advertisements encouraging you to hate your body and buy into their products or services. Whether it’s asking you if you hate your double chin, or if your boobs are too small, or your legs are too hairy or you need to lose weight or you have ugly stretchmarks or if your teeth need whitening, or if you have glasses and you should hate that. There is always some way that they are telling you that you should feel bad about yourself when it comes to your body.
We hear these messages in other forms too. We hear it on TV, in the movies, in conversations with each other throughout the day. We see it in the media, on magazine covers-in line at the grocery store and in Hollywood; with the shrinking size of everyone involved and the desire to appear smooth and perfect. After time, these messages start to take up space in our thoughts and start to make us wonder if maybe we do have some problem areas that we should feel bad about if we weren’t already feeling badly about ourselves before this.
Why is everyone encouraged to hate their bodies? Why should someone feel bad for being too tall, or being too fat, or too short or being too different from what someone else decides is supposed to be normal? Can we all decide right now that we will stop shaming ourselves and stop shaming others? Can we all decide right now that we will start encouraging one another in our search for inner beauty and our ability to love ourselves?
Loving yourself for who you are right now, is going to change how you see others as well as how you see yourself. Loving yourself-your whole self- right now is going to change your world. What if instead of saying “I am fat” to yourself in the mirror and feeling bad all day about how you look, you said, “I have fat parts of my body, but that is not something to be ashamed of because that does not define me. I am kind, I am smart, I have a beautiful heart that loves others. Those things can make a difference in someone’s life and are much more important than what others think I should look like.”
Let’s stop letting the media tell us what we should be and let’s start deciding for ourselves to be positive about our bodies and be kind to one another about outward appearances and let’s just start being happy. I have decided this year that I am going to try to stop worrying about what I think others are thinking about me. I am going to stop trying to please others and I am going to just try to be me. I am going to work on how I feel every day, and how I can help others feel good about themselves.
This has been such an eye opening experience for me. I feel so united with other radical women. I feel so empowered to be me and I feel so strong. I have this desire not to back down when it comes to making sure everyone gets this message. Especially when it comes to my own children. I have always tried to help them to have a positive image of themselves and to be confident in who they are and not just in how they look. But lately I want to make sure they really get it.
I am so glad that my kids are growing up in this age when there are people out there that are fighting for them to live in a world where it’s okay to be unique and not fit into the mold that was laid out before them. This is just the start of something really changing in the world, all starts with how each of us can change our own thinking about what's really important and what really matters when it comes to our bodies. It all starts with You.
I hope you will continue to join me on this journey. Please share this page with the people in your life that you know would love to be a part of this. Thank you <3.
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