This is a post that I have been planning for a long time, and it’s something that I think girls, specifically teenage girls, will really benefit from. So this post is going to be all about body image and the trials and tribulations that come along with that.
Now, before I get going, let me tell you a story. I was a gymnast for 15 years of my life, and for those 15 years I was the most confident. I had a toned and fit body, and I didn’t mind prancing around in a leotard or bathing suit, or whatever clothing I was wearing because I worked out 4-5 times a week, and I was in shape. Sure, I went through different phases where I was growing and my body was changing, but I never felt like I wasn’t beautiful.
Fast forward to a year after I graduated high school, and I was in college, not working out 4-5 times a week anymore, and my muscle mass was shrinking, and in it’s place, was flab and fat and all that stuff that girls hate. I was not in a good place when I started noticing this; my confidence was down the tube, and I really just wanted to look like I did all throughout high school.
This was almost 5 years ago, and to this day, I struggle with my confidence, and how my body and weight affects my mood. I see pictures of back then, and I wish I looked like that and could eat anything I wanted because I would be burning it off at practice. The reality of the situation is that that wont ever happen, because in the time that I made my transition from stalky gymnast to adult, I aged 5 years. The difference between 18 and 23 is not just mental, it is a totally physical change as well, and I think learning this lesson was one of the hardest parts of growing up.
As I learned this, and began to realize just how quickly everything changed, I started to really appreciate my body for what it was. Thus beginning my long road to self-love. I still work on this every day, it is something that I will continue to struggle with for the rest of my life, but I am happy.
To help anyone who may be going through this I ask you to do one thing. First thing in the morning, when you wake up and have bed head and stinky breath, look in the mirror and focus on one thing that you love about yourself. It doesnt have to be anything big, it could be your laugh. Focus on that one thing all day, appreciate how much you love it, and when you do the same thing the next morning, say that thing and add one. It might take a while, but eventually, you will start to love everything about yourself.
For those of you that are also dealing with similar struggles regarding body image and self-confidence, I applaud you and wish you to keep on going. You will come out on the other end, loving yourself and appreciating your body for what it is. And always remember that you are not alone, that everyone has their things. Be kind.
Until next time loves,