I was scrolling through my Instagram feed the other day when I came across a caption that really stood out for me. It said; ‘I would have loved for someone to ask me what I might be passionate about or want to do if I wasn’t so consumed by food and my body.’ It made me think. I’ve spent so much of my life worrying and obsessing over eating ‘healthy’, exercising enough and looking ‘good enough’ that I have lost sight of myself. Who am I? What do I enjoy? What is my purpose?
Everyone is worth so much more than their external appearance. As cliché as it sounds, it really is ‘the inside that counts.’ Diet culture and the media try to convince us that we will find happiness in food, exercise and our appearance, but from my own experience, I can say wholeheartedly that this is never the case. Any happiness you do feel will be short-lived, and it will be masked by constant insecurity and fear of not being good enough. True happiness can only be found when you accept yourself for who you are, and embrace all of the wonderful things that make you, you.