“One day I had to sit down with myself and decide that I loved myself no matter what my body looked like and what other people thought about my body. I got tiered of hating myself.” – Gabourey Sidibe
Too many people look at themselves in their mirrors and are not happy with what they see. Some might ask what makes a person that way? The answer is simple. It is the opinion and view points from that persons loved ones, friends, families and the media that fills them with doubt. I myself am guilty of being the one that looks in the mirror a lot, yes that does make me a hypocrite. I need to practice what I preach, but that is something that is very hard for someone like me to do in this world. Yes my confidence in my skin has risen since I took a stand for myself,m but that doesn’t mean that those cuts are healed (metaphorically speaking). All that remains of those “cuts” are scars. Those scars are there as a reminder that will never go away. I will be forced to think about all of those negative things that were said to and about me when I see my own reflection. The feeling of guilt and shame goes away quickly when I remind myself that I am no longer the same person that I was three years ago. I don’t look like that kid that was picked on left and right. In fact I have grown into a warrior that stays strong no matter what is being thrown at him. I have shed more than a few pounds since I took a stand. I have broke my ties with those who hurt me. My life was turned into something amazing because I started to love myself for the skin that I was in. I loved myself for the person that I was. I love how much I have grown physically and psychologically since I declared war on bullies. So now in the mornings when I look up at the mirror in my bathroom and wipe off the steam something amazing happens. I see a part of me that I will always carry and in doing so it helps me realize how much I have done in the time since and how much I will continue to do in my future.
Goal: Look at yourself in the mirror. Smile. Love your skin. Love your weight, height, birthmark, beauty mark, etc…After all no one can love you till you love your self.