Celebrate Your Body. It’s The Only One You Get

celebrate your body
celebrate your body

Look at yourself in the mirror.

Look down at your hands, at the top of your feet, and at that smile on your face.

Look down at the rolls on your stomach.

Whatever thoughts you are thinking, just smile. Not because you are perfect, but because you love yourself for all of your imperfections. It’s time to celebrate your body because it’s the only one you get. 

Celebrate Your Body

Our bodies are our temples. They house our strength, store our thoughts, heal us when we are broken, and protect us when we are vulnerable. Nothing else in the world is as complex and as miraculous as the human body, and yet it is something that we often take for granted. 

I have had my fair share of body image issues. In fact, these issues are still ones that I find myself struggling with on a daily basis. 

For the longest time, all I want to be was small. I wanted to fit into size medium shirts, have a waistline of 30 inches or less, and focused all of my time and energy to weigh as little as I possibly could, even if that meant starving myself to the point where I felt as if I might faint. 

While I didn’t know it at the time of setting these goals for myself, I would go on to torture myself and grow to hate the space in which I was living in. I would go on to hate my body and everything about it. 

While I am not perfect and don’t expect to ever be perfect, the relationship that I have with my body is finally progressing in the right direction. I still have a long way to go, but I am once again eating foods that I enjoy, I have developed a social life again, and I have kept myself from stepping on the scale for more than a year. After years of neglect and self-abuse, I am learning to celebrate my body for the miracle that it is. 

Body Positivity

As a society, we have come a long way towards understanding and developing the importance of body positivity. We are starting to realize that muscle is healthier than bone, that being strong is better than weighing less, and that “fat” is no longer a three letter word that we all need to be petrified of. 

But despite all of the progress that we have made, we still have a long way to go.

The simple truth of the matter is that no matter how badly you want to look like somebody else, no matter how much you hate the body that you are in, and no matter how many times you wish for a different one, the body that you are in right now is the only one you get. Save yourself the pain and heartache, and celebrate your body for all that it’s truly worth. 

You may not be as trim as you want to be, like the fact that you can see your stomach rolls every time you sit down, or the fact that you can pinch some extra skin on your arms. But guess what, these are all normal.

As skinny as you want to be, once you start hating your body, nothing will ever be good enough. We all have rolls and we all have fat. If we didn’t, then we wouldn’t be alive. 

Look, I know that some of you are thinking that this is just another post on the internet from somebody who has no idea what they are talking about. Well, I wish you were right. But you’re not. 

I’m not here telling you to celebrate your body just for the sake of doing so. I am telling you to celebrate your body to save you from the pain that I willingly put myself through for years. At the end of the day, your body is a gift, and you need to love it for all it’s worth.

Who cares if you aren’t as small as the person to your right, or if you don’t have big arms like the person to your left. You are different, you are unique, you are you, and that is your greatest power. 

Other people are going to try to tell you how to live your life. They are going to tease you, they are going to judge you, and they are going to ridicule you for all of your flaws. So why not be all of these things for being the person that you want to be? Why not be all of these things for being you. Nobody is perfect, and nobody will ever be perfect. But if you really want to find happiness in your life, then you need to start by being happy with the individual you already are. 

Always remember to treat yourself the way you want others to treat you. You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the gap in between your thighs. And you are more than the size of your waist. Remember what you were told when you were younger, it’s what’s on the inside that counts.

Michael Bonnell

7/13/2019

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