I used to be the girl who looked at her reflection with an unhappy frown. I think most females have been that girl at some point in their life, but I spent a good majority of my life like this!
If you find yourself doing this please stop!
I’ve been you, you’re looking at your body in the mirror, telling yourself you are not good enough, that you will never be good enough. You've probably heard this from people in your life over and over again. A mom, a friend, a boyfriend. Yourself. You've heard it so much you've began to believe it.
Maybe you think your nose is too big, or your skin isn’t the right colour or your hair just isn’t straight enough, or you're not thin enough, your legs are too long.. the list is endless...
You are likely standing with the latest issue of Vogue in hand, wondering what you can do to make yourself look like the model on the cover – even though your logical brain knows the model doesn’t look like the model on the cover!
You’re likely thinking of how you can eat less without anyone noticing, or how to go entire days without feeling hungry. Or how you can purge without your friends hearing.
You don’t have an eating disorder… yet. But you’re on the fast track to one or you do and are in denial. I was about mine, for years, admitting is hard.
You want to know a small truth, many of us do this. Scrutinize, judge, misunderstand our bodies on such a superficial, skin deep level, that we forget our bodies are collections of amazingness!
You are made of seven octillion atoms? That’s enough to create a small universe inside you. Your bones are four times stronger than concrete because they are made from the marrow of the stars themselves. Your eyes are the most incredible camera lens man will ever know and your brain works ninety nine percent faster than the most powerful supercomputer on this planet.
The connected neutrons of your brain, are a direct reflection of the universe.
Your body is an incredible cosmic vessel afloat in darkness, though you do not feel at home inside your skin your body has always been your home – a place that has sheltered you and loved you no matter what it has gone through.
Be gentle with your body. It loves you more than anyone or anything in this world. It fixes every cut, every wound, every broken bone, and fights off so many illnesses, sometimes without you even knowing about it.
Even when you punish it, it is still there for you, struggling to keep you alive, keep you breathing.
Be kind to yourself, love yourself.