Once again I thank you. Hey Asaunie, thank you for taking time to read my story. I agree that the internal is what makes us beautiful, those are wise words. Thank you for your very candid and personal story. It's the wrinkles from every effortless smile and furrowed brow of strength that make a face perfect. I stopped living. We all have things we don t love about ourselves but learning that those things don t define us is what acceptance truly is. Some things I love This isolation caused me to lose a lot of weight, end my long-term relationship, drop out of my third year of university, stop engaging with friends and miss out on so many special occasions and family celebrations. I can only describe the pain of this time as numbness to the world.
We are different shapes, sizes, colors, and heritage. No culture, company or concept could ever define beauty. It's the moments we feel alive. One of the most difficult parts of a distortion is feeing so disconnected from everyone in your life. We are the lives and change we create, and that is beauty. Our bodies are simply a shell that allows us to radiate these experiences and accomplishments through. After listing the things I loved about my best friend the counselor had me read them again, and again and again. It's the true ecstasy of falling in love with people and places in a magically easy way. Thank you so much for reading. I couldn’t even watch television without obsessing over the actor’s clear skin. I shared my story with the hopes of it reaching the people who needed it most. I like how you said although you have come to accept your body, your thighs are not on the love-list. XoTouching story. XoThe word Beauty During my diagnosis I spent hours in front of the mirror picking at acne that did not exist, unable to pull myself away from the mirror. It hasn't been the nights my hair stayed intact, body dressed attractively, or skin shined flawlessly. It seems like that element should be inherent, but it isn't. Beauty is often distorted, misunderstood and shadowed by a wide amount of conflicting pressures. XxI am deeply touched and inspired by your story. It is something we endlessly strive for, rather than see in the true essence of our happiest moments. I think of the times I've been most happy and whether or not those align with common beauty standards. But I now know that my fixation is not reality and that when I am seeing physical imperfections, the people who love me are seeing courage, strength and true inner beauty. Does anyone else live with body image issues? Thanks again for sharing! Yukie, thank you so much for all the beautiful words and prayers! I couldn’t go out in public without fear someone would be uncomfortable with my appearance, I couldn’t maintain friendships, stomach food or focus on school. Beauty is in the heart, and the way it shines through. We are all unique women, with experiences and memories that tie together seamlessly into a blanket of our own versions of beauty. If so, I challenge you to close your eyes, look beneath your skin and discover ten things that truly make you beautiful. Thanks for sharing your story, Robin. I was totally unaware of the mental conditions which you described. Beauty is not in the face; I barely even existed. I decided to write this article to first remind people that body image disorders reach far beyond eating disorders and second to share what helped me to crawl out of the darkness. One day in counseling my psychologist asked me who my best friend was and then asked me to write the top five things I loved about my best friend. What I have discovered is that beauty is simple. We are mothers, daughters, and grandmothers. By sharing your story, you may have possibly helped someone else who is having difficulties coping with this disorder, and that person doesn t have to feel alone. These are the times when I feel most beautiful because I'm alive, not because of what an exterior image has brainwashed me to believe. It's those sensations that ignite the real flame of confidence and beauty in the souls of those constantly bombarded with messages telling them to believe otherwise. Beauty is not a physical thing; Beauty has been defined in so many ways. I am glad you now have a realization of what true beauty really is. Beauty is happiness. It's the images and moments that inspire and represent the most distinct and remarkable attractiveness of our souls.
Has different meaning toward one another due to the fact that what seem to be beautiful in your own sight might not be in my own sight. Learn more I used to really hate my upper thighs because beginning in elementary school the kids would call me Thunder Thighs and Elephant Stumps. Because of this I became really self conscious of my legs and remember being as young as 11 years old and feeling self-conscious in a bathing suit because I was worried about what people would think about my thighs. It makes me sad to think about being so young and worrying about something so superficial. It s only been in the last few years that I ve learned to accept my body the way it is. Chas It's the little moments, like when someone looks at you with respect and admiration. I am so deeply touched and inspired by all of the support I received in these comments. I love the quote you have shared with us.: )Chas, what a beautiful quote! I appreciate your kind words. XoThank you for courageously sharing your story with us. Beauty is happiness. Beauty has varied throughout time, various cultures and the vast different perceptions of the world. Of course this was easy, my best friend was kind, outgoing, funny, passionate, hardworking, adventurous, loving, family oriented, supportive and confident. You re right in saying many women (and men! ) have body and self esteem issues. XoVery touching and poignant true story. It's been the moments I felt beauty because of happiness, which was not derived from my appearance -- at all. I love the beauty that pulsates through my body with my lover's hand on the back of my messy hair, and lips pressed against mine. Stay strong! Beauty is a light in the heart. ~Khalil Gibran. I want to echo the sentiments of Chas and thank you Robin for sharing your raw story and recognize you for your awareness and breakthrough! We are activists, innovators, achievers and inspirations. It's the moments that build the women we become and strive to be. I love photos that capture my beauty during unrehearsed moments. There were many moments where I prayed to die because I wasn’t able to enjoy the things that made life worth living for. Thank you for sharing Robin. Subscribe, choose the community that you most identify with or want to learn more about and we’ll send you the news that matters most once a week throughout Trump’s first 100 days in office. XxI have just heard the kind of mental illness you are dealing with. It is very wise advice. Congratulations for having found this true meaning of beauty, and thank you for inspiring me to keep going through moments of hardship. Thank you for sharing. I m glad you were able to learn from what I have shared. I love the beauty of my sweaty face and squealing voice as I belt out lyrics at a concert. I appreciate your sharing. Perhaps someone will benefit from it and like you said, not feel so alone. I never looked at it that way, you made me realize something about myself. It's the moments we feel free and real. Thank you so much for your sharing.
Beauty has been described and depicted through pictures and concepts penetrating our minds. And although my upper thighs are not on the love-list, I have learned to accept them and not feel ashamed when I m at the beach. Thanks again, Julia Kristina
Hi Julia Kristina, I am glad you were able to connect with my story. We just need to look at different cultures and way of living to see this is true. I love that so much. And Theresa, thank you for reading. I am glad that you found a way to seek help and treat the issues which plagued you. Love itSign up for email updates I will surely take your challenge and try to discover what is truly beautiful. Sweet! Thank you for stopping by and reading my story. The things that make a person beautiful cannot be seen with the eyes, they must be felt with the heart. I still struggle with my body image and when I get really stressed, I fixate on my skin. I love the beauty of how I feel on the beach, with my hair stuck to my face by the salty ocean water and the way my skin feels being touched by the sand and sun. Close your eyes and appreciate what is on the inside. Thank you very much. Knowing this will often gives in-depth meaning of love.
Thanks. F. Ayodeji, you re so right in saying that one person s definition is different than the next. Many women have body/looks issues (myself included) and i appreciate the insight you gained. It is composed of the moments that draw upon our strength, and consume us with the remarkable and intoxicating experience of being alive. This post originally appeared on Ravishly. Follow Ravishly on &! How will Donald Trump’s first 100 days impact YOU? Connecting with others, either in person or through platforms like thechangeblog is so important when going through hardships. You re going to touch a lot people when you start your holistic practice because they will sense your genuineness since you ve been through this yourself. Eugene, I really appreciate you taking the time to comment. When I did pull myself away, I spent the rest of my time curled up beneath a blanket researching plastic surgery options that would correct the scars I believed I had. After realizing no one could see what I saw and that I could no longer trust my own brain, I felt painfully alone and fell into a deep depression. During this time, I did everything I could to keep my skin hidden from others and purposely avoided sunlight to avoid emphasizing my perceived scarring. It's the moments we feel proud and eminent. They are a case that displays our happiest and most incredible experiences for the world to share with us. Thank you! What a beautifully vulnerable story. It's the way it feels to achieve a goal you're worked tirelessly to achieve. You are so blessed to meet the right psychologist who can enlighten you. Keep your chin up and remember that is truly is what is on the inside that counts. Congratulations on your insights and for your bravery and courage too. Hi Deborah, thank you for reading! I pray that your everyday imagination becomes increasingly bright and healthy, and you finally reach your goal to help more people by opening holistic therapies practice. I strongly agreed to the statement that we should now seeing it far above physical appearance to the inner part. After the third time reading through the list, my counselor said: “do you realize you just wrote ten things you love about your best friend, and not once did you mention the way she looked? ”It was in that moment that I finally understood the meaning of beauty. We are so fixated on the external that we forget that the internal is what really makes us beautiful and is projected through our character and personality. Thank you for reading Yvonne. It means a lot! Select PageMy experience with mental illness officially started in September 2012 when I was diagnosed with Body Dysmorphic Disorder characterized by an obsession with my facial skin. I spent the majority of my diagnosis numbed by medication but I remember looking in the mirror and seeing severe acne and acne scarring that no one else could see and feeling so frustrated and alone in my experience. Xo! Thanks so much for this wonderful story, really it touched me and i love your quotes they help me to be a better personSmileyboo, keep that quote close by! True meaning of beauty essay.