Everyone has their flaws, nobody is perfect. It’s fine to want to work on your flaws or make improvements. But doing so shouldn’t preclude your appreciating your body for what it is, right now. Don’t wait until you’ve lost the five, ten, or fifty pounds you’ve been working on taking off; don’t wait until you’ve run a 5k or a marathon; don’t wait until you’ve completed your New Year’s Resolutions; don’t even wait until tomorrow. Promise yourself now that you will work toward loving yourself unconditionally, and accepting the things you don’t like, and even the things you hate about yourself. No matter who you are, what you struggle with, and how you feel about your body, you are worthy of your love and the love of others. Your self-worth should not be based on anything other than the fact that you are a wonderful person.
It is in this spirit of acceptance that I’d like to introduce Embrace:Me, a project designed to encourage body confidence and treating yourself with a healthy, accepting attitude. I feel strongly that by adopting a more positive attitude toward our own bodies, we can combat the effects of the pressure we feel from external sources, and from ourselves. To show your support for Embrace:Me, I would love to hear your stories–stories of accomplishments, of body confidence, of anything that makes you feel good about yourself. Maybe even a story about why you don’t have to justify your reasons for embracing the person you are to anyone else. If you would like to share your story, please contact me via email at icametorun [at] gmail [dot] com, on Facebook, or on Twitter. Let’s use this positivity to counter the frustration we all feel as a result of the things that make our relationships with our bodies difficult.
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