Alright ladies. This one's for you.
First and foremost, dare we speak of... you guessed it, boys. Before I say anything though, this is probably directed to those my age. Just saying. So I don't claim to be an expert on this subject and I don't think I will ever be. But that's ok. I don't need to. And you don't either. We are young and vibrant and have so much time. Be friends! It's so much funner that way.
Second, which I think is very important is beauty. We. Are. All. Beautiful. None of this, 'I wish I were prettier.' No. That's just plain stupid. Have you ever seen, 'How to Look Good Naked?' Don't let the title put you off! It's such a great show. It helps women who don't think they are beautiful. They go on the show and slowly become confident and finally love themselves the way they are! It was on this show that I learned of the 'Seventeen Body Peace Treaty'. It is one of the greatest things ever written for young women, and older women for that matter.
"I vow to...
- Remember that the sun will still rise tomorrow even if I had one too many slices of pizza or an extra scoop of ice cream tonight.
- Never blame my body for the bad day I'm having.
- Stop joining in when my friends compare and trash their own bodies.
- Never allow a dirty look from someone else to influence how I feel about my appearance.
- Quit judging a person solely by how his or her body looks — even if it seems harmless — because I'd never want anyone to do that to me.
- Notice all the amazing things my body is doing for me every moment I walk, talk, think, breathe...
- Quiet that negative little voice in my head when it starts to say mean things about my body that I'd never tolerate anyone else saying about me.
- Remind myself that what you see isn't always what you get on TV and in ads — it takes a lot of airbrushing, dieting, money, and work to look like that.
- Remember that even the girl who I'd swap bodies with in a minute has something about her looks that she hates.
- Respect my body by feeding it well, working up a sweat when it needs it, and knowing when to give it a break.
- Realize that the mirror can reflect only what's on the surface of me, not who I am inside.
- Know that I'm already beautiful just the way I am. "
Last but not least, and one of the most important things: WE are strong. With time, all things are doable. ALL THINGS can be managed. But let's not get through them and be done. Let's learn from them. I am leaving this vague for a reason. Fill in the blank. What do you need help with? What seems unconquerable? Well. It's not going to seem impossible any more. Go women.
trust yourself. love yourself. be yourself.