Having a Positive Self-Image

Faythe - Beaverton, Oregon
Entered on November 19, 2008
Age Group: Under 18

Having a Positive Self-Image

I believe that everyone should have a positive self-image of themselves. Whenever I turn on the television, or even read a magazine, I see the women who weigh a maximum of 90lbs. After looking at these women, I begin to question how I look. For the longest of times, I wanted to look exactly like these women. It seemed that everyday my positive self-image began to dwindle.

I began to realize my current state one day when I went downstairs to go on the computer. As I turned the corner, I saw my younger brother staring at the television in awe. I turned to see tons of skinny men and women walking along the Florida beach. I started to laugh and told my brother to stop looking at the television like that. He turned to me and without a hint of sarcasm in his voice he said, “Why can’t I look like those people on the beach? I don’t like the way I look.” As he walked upstairs, I stood in shock of what he had just said. I couldn’t believe that my own brother thought the same thing about the fake men and women. It was my younger brother’s statement that would be used to fuel my belief.

Ever since that day in the basement, I believe that you shouldn’t be afraid to like your body, I believe that you should embrace who you actually are! I’ve discovered that if you constantly have to worry about the way you look that you can never be truly happy. When I wasn’t comfortable with my body, I tried to hide it from the rest of the world. It took so much time and effort that I didn’t focus on the good things in life. When I finally accepted myself for who I was, I became a much happier person.

I think that it’s sad that kids as young as my brother go through life having to worry if they look alright. When you’re young, you need to have fun and embrace your childhood. If you’re constantly worrying about your weight, you’ll never appreciate the good in life. I believe that everyone should be given the chance to love themselves instead of being “shot down” at such an early age.

As our life style slowly takes us go down a road filled with self-loathing and many eating disorders, I think its time we turn back now. We need to appreciate who we are and not try to be someone else. We need to love our bodies for what they are. If we try to accomplish this goal, who knows what could happen?