It’s funny, I don’t remember ever seeing myself like this when I looked in the mirror. Yet that’s what I see sometimes when I look in the mirror now. I know especially in fitness, we’re all in a neverending pursuit of happiness with ourselves, especially coming from any type of major body (and mind) transformation. But it’s something to keep in mind before you judge somebody just because they’ve learned to develop confidence after years of hating themselves.
People can be so quick to judge or be hateful, when we don't know a thing about the silent battles fought by most, even by those we admire. Battles that are perhaps compensated by their very bravado we respect. We don’t see the pain that may be hidden behind their smile. We don't see the suffering and loss they have endured. But more importantly, we don’t know what wisdom is hidden in the hearts of those who go unnoticed.
The most broken people, who are also some of the most unsuspecting, have taught me more about life than any teacher ever could. They've taught me hope. They've reminded me that I don't have to have it all figured out in order to move forward.
So often, we need to hear the very words that we speak. We teach best, what we ourselves need to learn the most. By offering hope to others, I develop hope for myself.