04th June, 2019
Ever since I can remember, I’ve been told by almost everybody I know how I should look, or how much I should eat, or how much I should ideally weigh. It was high time I learnt how to subtly start telling people off, and what better way is there than to be whoever I want to be? The day I let myself start believing that I should look a certain way to be a part of this world would be the day I slide back into being unnecessarily mean to myself. And I’m not about to let that happen ever again.”
It’s scary how what people say can get inside our heads and eat at us from the inside out. But it’s even scarier when we think about how much power we give these people, whether we realize that or not.
Which is why I’m grateful for the constant unlearning and learning that has enabled me to feel empowered, no matter how I look. The way I feel about myself, in spite of what the world tells me, is the ultimate testament to how powerful I can be. And I feel as if our society that is so obsessed with perfection and materialism has missed this point by miles.
For today, I was supposed to write about something related to my body or health that I am grateful for. And this is it. I am grateful for the kind of acceptance that comes with being comfortable in who we are, the way we are. In our pursuit of perfection and beauty, we have somehow lost sight of the other, more important things, that matter in life.
Personality, kindness, love, respect, tolerance and patience— I can tell you that these things will stay with me long after I’ve grown old and grey. The way I look right now won’t.
I’m grateful that I can tell myself that I don’t have to change myself to look beautiful. I’m grateful for the people in my life who will never let me forget, not even for a second, that I am and will always be more than what the world can see. I feel like this is the kind of self-love and acceptance that takes your mind off things such as ‘I don’t feel like I’m good enough’. You are! And it’s completely fine if you need time to come to terms with yourself.
What matters the most is that you do, and help uplift those who are struggling with this. Imagine what a beautiful place the world could be if we all just focused on lifting each others’ spirits instead of trying to tear each other down!
Paints a pretty picture, doesn’t it? Yeah, it starts with you.
Hey everyone! For Day 5 of gratitude, I was supposed to write about what I’m grateful for about my health or my body. I would love to hear about your experiences with coming to terms with who you are, so leave me a comment below? I’ll look forward to hearing from you.