Be the change. Last night I watched ‘Embrace’ the documentary – acknowledging body diversity and highlighting the impact of how much less than positive body image affects people, mostly women.
Taryn Brumfitt does a great job – as she describes, she was ‘compelled’ to know more after her ‘not typical before and after’ photos went viral. They didn’t go viral because she was a smart woman, a loving wife and capable mother of three, but rather because her photos showed that she was at a better point in her life when she was ‘bigger’ rather than when she was at her thinnest.
I won’t say any more, I don’t want to spoil the show, because you should see it, as should every young person, boys included – positive body image isn’t just about the girls in our society.
Taryn, as part of the Body Image Movement is doing lots of amazing stuff, but I believe as the most important component, she has made it her mission to get ‘Embrace’ the documentary into schools. This is an area we need to help to create positive change in celebrating body diversity and encourage positive body image.
Here’s my top 5 points for you to ponder:
- Society is us – you often hear ‘society’ referred to as something that is out of our control, but is it really? We are the people who shape the lives of those around us – we are society and if we want to see or make a change in ‘society’, it has to start with us!
- We need to love our bodies – Taryn words it well – “…our bodies are not ornaments, they are vehicles for our dreams….’ And this takes practice. How good would it be if we were measured for doing the things that make you happy, being a good role model, creating something that we are proud of or contributing to ‘society’ rather than what we look like. This is the message we want to send our young people, especially our girls.
- Life is too short to compare your body to someone else’s – especially if it’s the excessively photoshopped model you see on the magazine cover. The unobtainable image is just that, unobtainable. And you don’t have to look far to realise how fragile life can be – take some time to stop giving yourself a hard time.
- Even ‘the perfect girls’ don’t believe they are perfect – what if you did have ‘your perfect body’ and you were miserable?!! Skinny DOES NOT equal happy.
- We choose to make either the positive or negative attitudes contagious – Which one will you choose? Not only choose, but send as a message to our young people?
Our bodies are our friends and our homes – how about you try being as compassionate to ourselves as we are our dear friends, share stories and the message we are all beautiful, just as we are.