Let’s get something straight: no one is going to get up at your funeral to say, “She had a flat stomach and a great thigh gap. That’s why we loved her.” The people in your life don’t love you for what you look like but for who you are.
Think of it the other way around. If one of your friends came up to you and told you they feel ugly, hate themselves and feel worthless because of their body, you would never tell them that that’s true because it’s not. Their body does not define their worth. You know this because you love them for who they are. It’s so simple.
And yet, when it comes to our own bodies, we beat ourselves up over minor imperfections. We hate ourselves because our stomach isn’t flat, our hair doesn’t look a certain way, or our smile is crooked—all these tiny things no one else ever notices or cares about. We see them, we hate them, and we spiral into hating ourselves for them.
But your body deserves love. They deserve to be loved unconditionally and without any exceptions. Nothing about your body makes you any less worthy than someone else. You are wonderful just the way you are – with every little imperfection you hate about yourself.
It’s hard to love yourself like this when the little voice inside your head tells you how worthless you are. So, let’s start treating our body like a friend. Let’s start loving it the way we can love others for who they are. Let your body be what it is: a body, not an indicator of worth.