Today is #BodyConfidenceDay.
I remember I was in a change room with some girls in my elementary school, I think I was in grade 7, we had to get changed for gym class. I looked over to the washroom, it was in use, "damn" I thought. I pretended like I left my gym clothes in my locker and left the locker room. I hung out in the washroom down the hall and waited a few minutes. When I came back everyone was gone.
"Success!!!" I quickly changed in my gym attire, into weird shorts that smelled bad and an oversized school t shirt. Seriously, jersey material is so gross lol amirite.
When I opened the door to the gym, our gym teacher was already in the middle of discuss what exercise or game we were going to play. When she stopped talking to the class she looked over at me and said I was going to do extra laps for being late.
I didn't understand why I had to do extra laps, I was late because I was trying to be comfortable with myself. I was late so no one made fun of me in the change room, I loved running so I'll run extra laps anyways but I don't need people to make fun of me for being in trouble on top of making fun of my body.
This story isn't unique, collectively amongst all young girls its actually quite normal for girls to hide their bodies and be scared about what YOU are going to say about them.
So, how do we work on this?
- Be nice.
- Ask for more representation in the media.
- Tell young girls that they are smart, that they are beautiful and they can be whatever they want when they grow up.
- Give compliments to others.
- Teach kids to not body shame by NOT body shaming at home.
- Ask your school to teach about body image and body confidence!!!!
And most of all, know you're so worthy, awesome, totally cool and valuable to this world. 💕
#believeinyourself (⚠️This story is modest amongst the ones I have, keep in mind I don't always want to profess to you guys the worst things thats happened to me!)