Throughout my 21 years, I’ve definitely received my fair share of comments about my body.
“You’re too thin.” “You’re too big.” “You’re too tall.”
In the depths of my eating disorder, my ED was fueled by the “you’re too thin” comments. These made me feel good. Thinness equated to beauty in my eyes.
It’s taken me many years and a lot of hard work to fully accept my body. On some days, I still don’t. And that’s okay, because I’m human. And we all have those days. It’s taken me many years to pull myself out of the destructive cycle that my eating disorder created. But I did. And I am thankful for that every single day.
A few days ago, I was left in a position where an individual made a very rude comment about my body. “Wow, you got a little belly there, huh? I’m surprised you don’t have a six-pack!”
I was left not knowing what to say but simply chuckle and move on.
But this comment hurt. My belly has always been my most insecure feature on my body. I don’t have a six-pack. And I’ve never had a six-pack. Not even in the worst of my eating disorder. In the past, this comment would have sent me spiraling back into my destructive ways. I am aware of the pain I felt from this. I am aware of the discomfort this comment had me feel. Yes, I did cry after this. I am frustrated with individuals making comments about others bodies, and I find it completely inappropriate to make comments like that towards someone.
I wish our society stopped making comments about other’s appearances so damn much. I wish our society stopped putting such an emphasis on how we look. I wish that people would learn to see the inner beauty within every individual’s soul.
The thing is, I know my stomach is beautiful the way it is. I know that I have fat on my stomach- and that is okay. That is perfectly, 100% okay. I know that I am perfectly content not having a six-pack.
One comment about my body will never dictate how I feel about it. It will never take away the appreciation I have for it.
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