Let me say this upfront My Body My Choice campaign is loving and accepting the bodies we and others live.
You wonder why? Here is a little story.
I remember the first time I shaved my legs. It felt like I finally “belonged” to the class of normal girls. So excited I wanted everyone to notice,touch and feel how smooth it felt. But a few days on i noticed it began growing much more. After repeatedly subjecting myself to constant shaving, I began feeling uncomfortable. The process of trying to belong was taking its toll on me and I felt like I was struggling to be something I would never be.
That was the first time I realised my body was different from those of my classmates. Those who had smooth legs, slim thighs that didn’t seem to would cover the entire chair when sitting.
I spent most of my life struggling with my legs and body weight until I reached my late twenties. After an unpleasant encounter with mr X i had to choose to unconditionally accept my body, all of it. It was a huge accomplishment for me to be able to open up and write an open letter to all Bodyshamers.
I am by no means saying I have arrived at a place of total bliss. I still have my struggles to deal with daily. But not loving certain parts of my body no longer stops me from embracing my body as a whole. I am proud of where I am now in regards to my mental health and my confidence.
“Loving my body is understanding that it’s okay when it inevitably changes, that I want to nourish it to the best of my ability, and that I acknowledge that everything about my body is my business and it is my choice to unconditionally accept the way it is.”
I hope to bring many women to feel that way, too. To bring about change to the culture and practice in support of those affected by negative body image. I hope to live in a world that celebrates lives,well-being and diversity.
However, loving my body doesn’t mean that I don’t take care of it. It doesn’t mean I won’t exercise , eat healthy, rest, nurture my body if need be. Body positivity is all about acknowledging that bodies come in all different shapes and sizes. That everybody is beautiful and we shouldn’t bully those that are outside of the “beauty standard”.
We cannot shame each other for being “fat,” neither should we shame each other for wanting to lose weight or for being thin. Let’s allow each woman to find her own inner and outer beauty, and to determine these things for herself.
If i love my body and it is a higher weight than the “norm”, that’s fine. If someone else is below the “norm”, that’s fine too. By the way there shouldn’t even be a norm or standard. If I choose to lose weight, whether my reasons are to help an injury, or to feel physically better, or because medically it is advisable that should be fine too.
Ultimately, what we choose to do with our bodies shouldn’t be a standard that determines what others do with their bodies.
All we require, is acceptance and respect because we deserve it as fellow humans. Our bodies are sacred vessels that carry treasures untold.
We all have a right to Be who and unconditionally live in love and acceptance irrespective of our body type, size, shape or colour.
All I ask is respect my body and my choices, just as I respect yours.