Accepting My Reflection

I’d rather omit the right photo, but the issue is that’s what I look like 95% of the time! That’s normal! We all have rolls when we sit down, and yet, somehow that’s something to hide. 
It’s taken me a long time to feel comfortable in my skin, and I’m honestly still not always that comfortable. But when you spend the majority of your life staring at your reflection with disgust, you can’t expect to magically see something different. It’s too easy to look at an airbrushed or photoshopped image and believe it represent the majority of individuals. It represents manipulation and lies. It represents no one. 
My body has been drastically underweight, overweight, and normal during my quest to feel good enough. I learned the hard way that it wasn’t going to come from my size. I was chasing an unattainable, fabricated ideal. Stretch marks, scars, wrinkles, loose skin, acne, cellulite –
‼️‼️‼️IT’S ALL NORMAL‼️‼️‼️
Self-love and self-acceptance are two very different things. When you dislike yourself, it’s unrealistic to assume you will love yourself instantaneously. Self-acceptance however, is something that leads to self-love. If you can accept that you’re imperfect, the intense feelings of wanting to change yourself begins to lessen. You can stop wasting energy by fighting yourself and begin to move forward. The more you practice self-acceptance, the closer you step toward liking, and even loving who you see in the mirror. 
It is possible to make peace with your body. And if that feels futile to you right now, that’s okay too. But one day, I hope you do catch sight of your reflection and stare back with approval. 
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6 thoughts on “Accepting My Reflection

  1. I am so happyi just found your blog .u are a light in my life and so many hope is u can fully embrace what I am writing …in the present moment as u r reading this

  2. Dear Brtittany,
    It’s been a long time since we’ve communicated.

    You are an amazing young woman. I honor, respect and admire you for your incredible courage and the positive attitude you still have, especially in light of everything you’ve been through in your life.
    May you bless yourself with a life filled with love, joy, happiness and thriving.
    I will always hold you in the highest regard.


  3. Just another thought to add to my earlier post Brittany. Even at my age, I still find myself looking at my image in the mirror and sometimes approving and sometimes not so approving. 😄
    Although with much less angst than I did when I was younger.

    Please remember Brittany, you are a beautiful Soul on the inside and you are a beautiful young woman on the outside.

    Do you remember the words to the Joe Cocker song I sang on your voicemail once?
    They will always be true.

    You are so beautiful….don’t you see?

    Perhaps when you find yourself in a negative place, stop and see yourself through other people’s eyes.
    You’re GREAT!!!

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