A letter from students at St. Ben’s and St. John’s in honor of Love Your Body Week (Oct. 17-22)
It’s time we had a talk. I’m sorry I hurt you in the past. I’m sorry for the negative words, the harsh criticism and hurtful actions…I know you deserve better and I DO/WILL love you exactly as you are. I promise to tell you how beautiful you are to me. To commit to treating you kindly and celebrating all that you do for me…I pledge to view exercise as a source of health and not as a way to fight or control you. When I look at you I will see possibilities and blessings, not problems and shortcomings. I promise to allow you to rest and find balance so that you can reach your full potential. Because I know that, when given the chance, you can do anything. I promise to live by MY standards, not by the standards of society. I am a REAL person, not an edited picture in a magazine. And being myself makes me ten times more beautiful than what you see on TV. I realize that the words healthy and skinny do not have the same definition. I promise to stop fat talk and encourage those around me to do the same. I pledge to be a model of confidence and strength for younger generations.
And, I promise and commit all of this to you. Not out of societal pressure that tells me who I should be. OR from my critical internal voice that tells me I need to fit into my skinny jeans but because I love my body and the opportunities it has given me.
I love my body more than… the desire to be perfect, the size of my clothes, insecurity.
Bennies, Johnnies and Friends