Over the last month I’ve witnessed and heard so many stories about body issues and the pressure society puts on us to fit certain standards. It has been one of the most talked-about topics.
I have seen people working out to exhaustion in the gym, I’ve seen girls worrying about how they look in shorts, trying to fit certain groups. I have seen people skip meals because they had one too many brownies the day before..
Heck! I’ve experienced it first hand as well. I’m one of those self-conscious persons. I have mentioned it before in some posts. That’s just the way it is. I’m not going to moan about it, but I will say one thing: do not judge. We all have battles to fight. We all have wars that we try to conquer.
Recently, as part as of our camp orientation, all the staff girls took part in a discussion about being ourselves and embracing who we are.
And although the talk was a bit overdone ( that’s just my opinion, people found it inspiring, which is great. It got the girls open about some of the issues they have been dealing with.
And I’ll tell you what.. It’s a shame we raise girls (and boys) to feel insecure about their bodies if they eat an extra muffin, or if they don’t like a certain type of music or if they don’t dress and think accordingly to a certain majority of people.
Everyone competes with everyone; for beauty, for popularity, for being the skinnier; the smarter or the prettier. And at the end of the day we feel empty and hollow.
Because nothing lasts forever. Because at the end of the day, all we got is WHO we are.
All that we are left with is the SOUL inside that screams so loud sometimes.
That piece of us that we do not feed most of the times. The piece that waits patiently for you to screw norms and embrace who you were meant to be.
Skinny, fat, blonde, brunette, tall, short. Whoever you are, however you look like – embrace it. You are special. You are unique.
Just remember that we ain’t got time to stop and obsess. Life passes by in an instant.
Listen to your heart. It knows the way.
And if they try to put you down, to criticise you, just tell them all:
“This is me, you’re welcome!’
I’ll finish with this quote:
“As it is, we are merely bolting our lives—gulping down undigested experiences as fast as we can stuff them in—because awareness of our own existence is so superficial and so narrow that nothing seems to us more boring than simple being. If I ask you what you did, saw, heard, smelled, touched and tasted yesterday, I am likely to get nothing more than the thin, sketchy outline of the few things that you noticed, and of those only what you thought worth remembering. Is it surprising that an existence so experienced seems so empty and bare that its hunger for an infinite future is insatiable? But suppose you could answer, “It would take me forever to tell you, and I am much too interested in what’s happening now.” How is it possible that a being with such sensitive jewels as the eyes, such enchanted musical instruments as the ears, and such a fabulous arabesque of nerves as the brain can experience itself as anything less than a god? And, when you consider that this incalculably subtle organism is inseparable from the still more marvelous patterns of its environment—from the minutest electrical designs to the whole company of the galaxies—how is it conceivable that this incarnation of all eternity can be bored with being?”
~ Alan Watts