The first thing I was warned about when I accepted my offer to University was not about bears, or drinking or drugs, it was about food. Specifically, it was about the “dreaded” Freshmen-Fifteen. I’m sure you’ve heard of it. It’s those pesky pounds you put on in your first year of post-secondary because a box of Kraft Dinner is cheaper than a head of lettuce.
But let me tell you a secret…… as long as you are happy with your body, nobody else’s opinion matters.
It doesn’t matter if you are skinny, fat, or any size in-between. Never let other people’s opinions about your body influence the way you live your life. If you want a double Big Mac with extra Mac sauce and no pickles at 11 pm, do it. If you enjoy munching down on a pack of carrots with roasted garlic hummus, have at it.
The point I’m trying to make is that everybody is perfect just the way it is. I know that body positivity is easier said than done. I also know that social institutions and cultural conceptions of weight can be huge factors in thinking negatively towards your body.
I want to be clear and remind you that body positivity does not stereotype based on gender or size. No matter what your body looks like, I know you have insecurities. We all do, it’s human. But it’s how you interact with, and the ways in which you navigate body positive relationships with yourself that matter.
So here’s a challenge for you:
Starting tomorrow, first thing in the morning when you wake up (before you check Twitter or Snapchat) I want you to stand in front of a mirror and tell yourself 5 things you love about your body. It can be something as small as the fact that your nails have a great shape to them. Spend a little time each morning to remind yourself that you are perfect the way you are.
Love the skin you’re in, folks! Life is so much better when you spend less time hating your body and more time loving it.