It’s OK to be happy in your body.
That might sound ridiculous to have to say that but more and more I look around at society and see how unusual, how ABNORMAL that really is.
People assume I must be blind when I say that. That I don’t see the fat, I don’t see the scars, I don’t see the back roll as I throw my hands up with joy, messing around in the pool. Nope, I see it. I just don’t care. I’m too busy being me and having fun to let something so silly like my appearance to affect my mood, my day or heck, my life.
Years ago, I used to lie when people brought up my weight. “I’m trying really hard to lose weight, I’m working on it, I swear!”. I wasn’t trying really hard, I was barely even trying and every time I told that lie, I sold a bit of my own self worth to seek some stranger’s approval. I denied my truth and I denied who I am because I wanted to fit in.
10 million people each year google the words “Am I Ugly?”. 10 million people rely on the evaluation of others to determine their own self worth. 10 million people are so unsure of their beauty that they go to complete and utter strangers to determine whether they are worthy enough. So excuse me while I choose to exclude myself from those 10 million.
If you look at this photo and all you see is happiness and joy, then please do the same with your own photos. If you can see the beauty in this photo, you can see the beauty in yours too. Go through your phone and see the emotions in the picture, not just the physical being. Let’s make 2017 the year that we take photos to capture memories, not just our bodies!