How would you describe your body? If you were standing in front of a mirror and describing what you see to a stranger, would you be kind and real, or would you exaggerate on your flaws and give a harsh description? Do you think that the image you described would fit the real picture? Would you say that you love or hate your body? In this time of photoshop, filters and plastic surgeries, is real not good enough anymore? Are we all doomed to chase unachievable beauty standards that are created in a computer or under a knife?
I am 27 years old and the relationship that I have with my body is great. I’ve learnt to love it with all the good and all the bad. I’ve also managed to train regularly, not because I want to be “bikini body” ready, but because my health benefits from it (both physical and mental). However, things weren’t always like that. I was also once a teenager fighting against certain insecurities. I managed to overcome most of them, some by just growing up and realising it was all quite silly, and others by working on improving my confidence. There are still bad days when I avoid the mirror or use a bit more make-up than usual. Those days are normal I think and I bet that every women has them, even Giselle. Just know that those days don’t define you. Your flaws don’t define you either. They make you who you are, so learn to accept them. Learn to be kind to yourself and don’t let that inner voice of yours be too harsh. Work on improving yourself inside and out, because that’s what makes you beautiful. Work on making your body stronger and healthier because it’s this amazing machine that gets you through life. Take care of yourself from the inside, and it will show on the outside. And next time you end up in front of a mirror looking at your body, don’t judge yourself too hard. There are already so many people that will do it for you. At the end of the day, you have to be your own best friend.