Battling with Image
I have ranted before about becoming healthy and not skinny. While this is of course a struggle for me, (and unfortunately for a LOT of other girls too) I try and fill my internet time with positive messages about women and the way women should perceive themselves. I think it is really important that we start understanding all the wonderful things our bodies provide for US. I emphasize “us” because let’s be real, that’s really what’s most important. What isn’t important is what society wants us to be or to look like. I have said it before, and I will say it again. We are ALL beautiful regardless of our size. It’s society that makes us feel bad for not looking a certain way.
With that said, it is also very important to be healthy. You do not need get diabetes at 25 years old or die of a heart attack at 50. We need to live of course, and we need to live life to it’s fullest! If we are sick, it’s difficult to do that. But I digress.
Where this is all going… I was looking at a feminist blog today (heck yes!) and stumbled upon this RADIATING woman who has a fashion blog. Seeing all these photos of her inspired me to a) dress way cuter than I currently do and b) realize that big is also beautiful and being curvy is NOT a fashion death sentence. A point I seem to forget a lot.
(photos from nadia aboulhosn’s blog here)
I may or may not get to my original 130 lb days that I was in high school. If I do, cool, that’s the size I feel the most comfortable in and I don’t think there is anything wrong with that. However, I need to stop this self-hate I have all the time. Despite my more negative inner-dialogue, I am NOT ugly. I am beautiful even at 200+ pounds. I feel like it’s my duty now to keep pushing this mind set viral. So many girls I know are just so cruel to themselves and destructive because they aren’t the cookie cutter that society tells them they need to look like (not that that “cookie cutter” look is bad, more power to girls that look like that) and this needs to stop (and trust me, if I am telling you this… someone that has gained 100 pounds AND is from Southern California, it is sound advice and I have DEFINITELY been in your shoes before).
Live your life. Be happy. You are so beautiful and have so much good to offer this world but you won’t be able to until you feel good about yourself.
Start a revolution. Stop hating your body ;)