I have been through some fairly intense changes in the past year, to say the least. I joined the military, was away from my husband and family for 6 months, made some terrible decisions, and some great ones. Although this year has been challenging to say the least, I am so grateful for the struggles. For the first time in my life I finally started making the changes I needed to make in my life. I started seeing a counselor. I am learning to trust myself and my ability to meet my own needs. I am learning how to love myself. To trust my body and what it needs. I am taking care of myself physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. I am learning how to recognize negative self-talk and to question the stories I tell myself.
Magical. Miraculous. Amazing. That is the only way I can begin to describe the changes I have felt in my self-worth, body-image, and confidence. For the first time in my life, I believe myself when I look at my body in the mirror and say that I am beautiful. I feel powerful. Strong. Capable. I am learning to be gentle with myself, and to love myself exactly as I am, right now. My self-love is no longer conditional. I don’t need to look a certain way, be a certain size, accomplish specific goals in order to be loved by myself or anyone else.
Consequently, in learning to love myself unconditionally, I have opened myself up to be loved by others in ways I deserve. I am more capable of loving others without conditions or unrealistic expectations.
And be proud of your body. Be grateful for all of the amazing things your body can do. Listen to your body. It is the only body you get. It is your vessel in this world. The legs you despise carry you every day. They run and jump and allow you to play. The arms you think are too big or small embrace the people you love. Hold your child. Stop trying to carve away the pieces of your body you feel aren’t good enough.
You are loveable. You are not broken. You are not used or dirty. You are worthy of forgiveness, especially from yourself. You are never alone. I love you. You are beautiful. Right now. Stop waiting to love yourself. You are enough exactly as you are.
BE BRAVE! JOIN THE BODY PEACE REVOLUTION!