“To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh
When was the last time you looked at yourself in the mirror and said, “Wow I’m so gorgeous”? It’s probably been a while, right? Instead all we do is bring ourselves down and think that we’re not good enough. But I’m telling you, I promise that you are enough. You’re not too fat, too ugly, or too dumb, you are not ‘too’ anything. I think we must realize how important it is to love ourselves and appreciate our bodies. No matter how much encouragement from anyone, your parents, your loved ones, your significant other, or anyone at all, we cannot completely and truly be ourselves and feel beautiful until we accept that we are, indeed, extremely beautiful and unique humans.
It might be easy for you to tell others that they should love themselves and appreciate their bodies, but that doesn’t necessarily make it easier for us to implement it. How much ever you try there will be times you will still catch yourself wishing you could be as skinny as that girl, or have long legs like hers, but that only makes us human. It's okay to feel insecure about your body, everyone does. But at the end of the day, your body does so much for you, and you need to acknowledge that. You are a god/goddess, and your body is your temple so preserve it and cherish it one day at a time, until you are finally at peace with yourself. Take care of it the same way you would take care of a plant, water it, feed it, and show it some love every so often.
If you won’t call your friend fat or ugly why would you use the same words for yourself? Because in a society where people benefit by bringing others down and insulting people, making them doubt their own worth, we are the only ones who can support ourselves completely. Because in a world where only skinny is beautiful, you’re that one voice that fights for themselves and says no, everyone is beautiful. Because in a society where people body shame like there’s no tomorrow, only you can tune them out. Because in a society where everyone is raw and insecure only you can love yourself.
Author: Adwita Chaure
Editor: Anubhi Srivastava