For hours worth of scrolling each day, we are fed this idea that the perfect body exists but no one has it. Constantly there are articles detailing photoshopped pictures of Instagram models and celebrities alike.
1. We can love ourselves out loud, and resist the urge to be hyper-critical of our own flaws in photographs.
There are right and wrong ways to go about expressing our feelings about our bodies. Instead of being quick to criticize, we can take a step back and live in the moment.
Photographs were not intended to emulate perfect, silicone sculptures worthy of museum placement—behind the glass where they cannot be touched or experienced.
What if you took a look back on your life and realized you had no pictures with the ones you loved because you hated the way you looked? How do you think this will affect those around you?
These are the bodies that take on us on adventures. These are the bodies that give us children, strong enough to take care of our families. These are the bodies that were built with beauty in mind. But most importantly, these bodies are realistic.
This means we need to STOP writing (and reading!) articles in the media that only focus on clearly edited and photoshopped images. It’s time to stop idolizing and sharing deceitful depictions of life and health. Social media should elevate body positivity and uniqueness, and it all begins with us.
So be real. Be silly. Be loud. Be playful. Be messy. Be wild. Be you.
Embrace imperfection in the way you present yourself to the world, so you can embody the spirit of true acceptance and appreciation.
When instead, what we could do is flip the table. Scream a different narrative from the mountain tops. We can point to our most treasured attributes. Celebrate ourselves, physically and intellectually for our inner and outer beauty. We can show everyone we encounter, especially young women, what it’s like to look in the mirror and feel a work of art, rather than a work in progress.
Let’s show the little girls of the world what beauty really looks like by being kind to ourselves and our bodies. Let’s mold the future into something full of warmth and celebration, something deeper than the surface. Something better.
Self-acceptance is courageous, and self-love is contagious.
And we are forces to be reckoned with when we stand confident in our own skin.