This post was featured on Pursue in February, so I apologize for my lateness in posting it here! I truly hope you’ll be able to find some encouragement from this post, especially if you or someone you know struggles with body image issues. You’re not the only one! 🙂
I have a secret.
In my drawer, I have a pair of jeans stashed away. I’ve had these jeans for several years, and honestly, they’re too small for me. I don’t wear them anymore because they’re tight and uncomfortable.
But I keep them because I’m scared to let them go. I don’t want to admit that I need a larger size. I don’t want to admit that I’ve grown out of my clothes.
It’s hard to let go of the clothes we once wore. It’s a tough transition to buy the next size up and even to wear clothes that truly fit us—whether we like the number on the tag or not. We treat our sizes like they are part of our identity.
But talking about sizes can be extremely uncomfortable. Rarely do we discuss who wears a large or a small or a 2X. In fact, the main reason I don’t like shopping with friends is because I don’t want them to know my size.
Learning to accept our bodies is difficult for most females. During our teen years, our bodies will change from being a girl’s body to a woman’s body. Different body parts change shape, like hips and thighs. We grow and develop. It’s a completely natural process. In fact, it’s a God-created process.
We don’t necessarily end up as a larger size because we ate too much junk food, and we don’t necessarily end up at a shorter height because we didn’t eat enough vegetables. God planned our body type, height, hair color, and every other aspect about us from the beginning.
Beauty is about attitude, not size or shape. We don’t have to squeeze into a size zero to be beautiful. (In fact, most women can’t!) We don’t need to wear an extra small to be valuable. Real beauty is accepting our size and our shape.
Of course, acceptance is easier said than done. Here are three things that can help you learn to appreciate your body:
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As a side note, I have some exciting news! My article (entitled “You Are Not Your GPA”) is featured in the new issue of Pursue Magazine, which will be released April 6th! If you click here, you will find this issue (the 2nd official issue of Pursue) on the sidebar! You can get this e-magazine for free if you subscribe to the Pursue blog! Or, if you’d rather not subscribe to the Pursue blog, I believe you can purchase this e-magazine through Amazon when it releases on April 6th.
I hope you can take advantage of this wonderful e-magazine for young women. 🙂 Thank you!