When you look in the mirror, what do you see? Do you think “wow, I’m amazing” or do you think “I have man shoulders, my pores or huge, or my nail beds suck”? (I love Mean Girls, it’s a classic!) Regardless of what you think, it’s important to KNOW that you are amazing and that God made you perfectly.
The years through Junior High and College are some of the most difficult because it’s impossible to look around and not compare yourself to others. It’s hard not to notice that someone is more in shape than you or that someone has better stuff than you. However, everyone is made so unique that comparing yourself is ridiculous.
Overall, there are billions of different body types (think pear, apple, or hourglass shapes). Not everyone fits in a cookie cutter expectation of what our bodies are meant to look like because there isn’t a “right” or “wrong”. The looks of models or movie stars is often unrealistic. Those people spend hours with makeup artists and trainers to look the way that they do. Also, pictures you see of any of those people are often photoshopped beyond recognition. (Anyone who has used photoshop knows the crazy possibilities of changing people’s looks in that program!)
So, my message to everyone is to stop comparing. You’ll never be happy or satisfied in life if you always compare yourself and want what others have. Everyone is different. Everyone is made perfectly.
Next time you look in the mirror focus on what you love about yourself. If you have awesome skin, look at that! If you love your curves, flaunt them. Always be proud of yourself, because as God’s creation, He created you uniquely. You are His masterpiece, His work of art, so be proud of yourself. Being unhappy with the way you look shows that you don’t appreciate an artist’s work. Be grateful 🙂
Treat your body like a temple and treasure it. Not every fitness plan or crazy diet works the same for everyone. My eating habits and exercise schedule works for me, but it might not be best for everyone else. Just remember that you only get one body, so treat it right! Feed your body the best food when you’re hungry, cloth your body in the most flattering and comfortable clothing, and be proud of your body every day. Body image can be difficult, but it doesn’t have to be.
Challenge: Go an entire day without any negative thoughts about yourself and the way you look. You’ll be surprised at how happy it makes you 🙂