This past week, I went to Fort Lauderdale, Florida for spring break with some of my best friends. For the majority of the trip, we were in bikinis hanging out on the beach or at the pool. That’s just how vacation should be in my opinion! Anyways, surrounded by other college girls in bikinis it could have been very easy to compare myself to them and pick my body apart, but I didn’t. I actually felt more liberated and confident with my body than I had been in the past.
The truth is, everyone has different body shapes and sizes. It’s not realistic to compare yourself to others who have completely different genetic traits than you! Those traits range from height, bone structure and where people tend to store their fat. For instance, it’s not realistic to compare yourself to a petite girl that’s 5’2”, when you’re 5’7” and have a more muscular, curvy build. There’s only one choice, and that’s to love your body now and at every stage. It’s the choice that will bring you the most happiness.
One day during spring break, my friends and I were talking about how easy it is to compare our bodies to other girls on a daily basis. The conversation came up because we were constantly around other girls in swimsuits and noticed how often we put our own bodies to shame. We all came to the conclusion that there is no sense in doing so when everyone is shaped so differently. It’s much easier and freeing to accept your body, rather than comparing yourself to someone that literally isn’t you.
Ultimately the choice is yours, but you might as well love your body! You’ll end up feeling more confident and excited to make any changes you feel are necessary for your body and health because you are accepting of yourself as you are right now. Remember to make changes for yourself and no one else. The process to being comfortable in your own skin isn’t easy, but it’s much more enjoyable when you start to love your body as it is.
Everyone is so different and that’s truly what makes you beautiful and sets you apart from the rest of the crowd. No one can compare to you!