Don’t let anyone invalidate or minimize how you feel about your body.
No, I’m not fat.
I also recognize that I have privilege for being a basically good looking human.
But that doesn’t mean years of societal conditioning and #ToxicFilipinoCulturedidn’t do some long term damage on my own body image issues.
It doesn’t mean that I haven’t cried, dieted, worked out till I couldn’t breathe, self harmed or took pills. There have been times where it took up so much space in my mind that i couldn’t move.
All the things described in these images are everything I’ve felt and still feel every single day. There are days where I embrace them with joy AND there are many days where I don’t love them.
Being body positive and accepting your body isn’t about being happy all the time. It’s about knowing and accepting that there will be good AND bad days.
Good feelings can coexist with bad feelings. So 👏🏼 don’t let anyone tell you how you should feel 👏🏼 because it’s your body. Once you can accept your feelings, that’s when you can begin the path of self love.