I have met so many amazing people since I began blogging and sharing my story online. For every sad person trolling the internet looking to inflict the kind of pain that they must be feeling upon others, there are several people out there trying to connect, share their story and spread positivity… I’ve encountered my fair share of both.
In my attempts to connect with more people, I’ve noticed the growing expectation for me to label myself. As a business owner, I understand the importance of marketing, but I’m not really into labels… maybe because I spent so much of my life imprisoned by them. I have strong beliefs and ideas about many things, but I’ve found that once you start to label yourself, limitations are inevitable. I sometimes tag a picture on social media with “plus size” or “body positive” in hopes to be found by some of the many people out there who still think that self-expression is limited by size, or that they should be ashamed of their bodies because someone else said so… I really want to do everything that I can to destroy that nonsense! I have flaws, I can be awkward and often insecure, but the point is that I refuse to hide. I guess I’m ok with labeling myself as a human (for now) but seeing as I’m part unicorn I even find that one a bit sticky.
During treatment, I had the privilege to be in a room with people of all sizes, sexes, ages and backgrounds while they talk about their struggles with self acceptance. I learned that being skinny doesn’t give you the monopoly on beauty or good health and being fat doesn’t give you the monopoly on pain and self-doubt. We all have scars, so why not sprinkle them with glitter and let them sparkle in the light.
My mission is to encourage self-acceptance and self-love FOR ALL, because I think its something that everyone struggles with, no matter what they look like. I want to inspire people to embrace themselves as they are today, not 20 or 100 lbs from now, not when they have more money or popularity because all of that is temporary. Regardless of the labels we affix to ourselves or others around us, we all just want to feel like we matter…because we all do.
Do you identify as plus size? I’m a new to this and would love to know your thoughts?