A Refreshing Reminder That Even Fit Bodies Aren't Perfect
Imgur user SomewhereUnderWater posted the above composite yesterday and titled it "Reality Check." She captioned the photos:
We aren't barbies. We are made of flesh and blood. These are all the same body — my body. I have worked hard for this body and I am proud of this body. In a world were [sic] we are surrounded by the images of our friends highlight reel sometimes it's good to see a little reality so we can keep our expectations real. No matter where you are on your body's journey, be proud and love yourself. Make goals because you love your body not because you hate it.
The feedback she's getting is mostly positive from others who feel the same way:
Comments continue to roll in and the poster has since updated her caption, noting that she is so grateful for all the supportive comments she's received:
I saw an article on a blog about a year ago that was very similar, and it shattered my unrealistic expectations on my own body and also gave me the further realization that "hey, even fit healthy people struggle with body image."
We all struggle with body image, we are all in this together! The important thing is that we love our bodies — and when I say that I mean that we care for our bodies. We won't always like everything that they do, or the path they have gone down or everything that happens to them but we do have to love them (like family). Respect them, guide them, show them kindness, mercy, forgiveness, push them to be their best with positive affirmation and encouragement! Be thankful for them. So much love to all of you, truly, deeply from the bottom of my heart. Every body has it's awkward moments — be kind to yourself and others.
AMEN. Imagine how happy we'd all be if we stopped comparing ourselves to the most talented of Instagrammers. Imagine how much time in the day we'd have if we stopped perfecting our skinny arms before posting photos! Imagine!
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