Trigger warning: low self-esteem, self-hate
This is me today. I have gone through years of self-image, body image and self-esteem issues to get to where I am now. I’m working toward loving myself and finding peace with my body, and on some days I still forget how to love myself or feel like giving up, but I always trust myself enough to know that I will keep moving forward. I’m in therapy to work on my self-esteem, I cover up my mirrors when I start to obsess over my body, and I do yoga to make me feel strong and beautiful.
I still have insecurities, but I’m trying to not be ashamed of them and to not be ashamed of my body. I have stomach fat and back rolls, chubby cheeks, a round face, bigger breasts than most girls my age, big thighs that don’t have a gap, stretch marks, acne, a skin condition something like eczema, large upper arms, and my collarbone isn’t visible. While I’m still insecure about all my “imperfections”, I’m not ashamed of them and I refuse to hate myself any longer. After years of trying to hide and wishing I could change my body, I now know that I deserve self-respect, respect from others, self-love and self-acceptance, happiness, and I deserve to occupy space in this world. Things aren’t perfect, and I don’t know if I’ll ever completely get over my insecurities, but I am still trying to choose to love myself every day, no matter how hard it is.
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