Remember the picture on the left that went viral awhile back? This photo, alongside a present photo of me, was mentioned in Self Magazine, The Today Show, and more.
It made me sad to see my 13 year old self hiding her tummy at the pool, but I was glad I could share my story with those who needed it.
The other day I came across this photo again and I noticed something suspicious. See the headphones I have on? Now do you see the plug lying across my leg?
...why weren’t they plugged into anything? 😂
And that’s when I remembered. It came back to me like a flash of light.💡
I put them on my ears before my mom took the photo because I HATED how big my ears were. I never wore my hair down for photos and was ANGRY my mom surprised me with her camera.
I instantly reached for my headphones and covered my belly.
13 years old. Filled with self hate *literally* from her head to her toes.
I cried seeing this again after realizing the full truth behind it.
For anyone who doesn’t understand self love or body acceptance, just know that I would be LOST without it. To the people who have commented that I could “workout more” or “hide my body if I don’t like it.” Yes. I could.
However, I *choose* to be proud and flaunt it. Because I never...EVER want to feel the way that little girl felt again.
And I don’t want any other young woman to feel that way either.
Guys, body/self image starts with us. We have the chance to teach our daughters and future daughters to love themselves from the inside out. And that means being proud of who WE are—so that they can see what it’s like.
Love yourself. If not for you, for all of the young women who need a role model. Be kind to yourself. If not for you, for all the girls who don’t know how. And finally, be brave. Be brave enough to stand up to the people who tell you that you should hide who you truly are. Never ever forget how wonderful you are.❤️