I'm wondering about a lot of things today. I read in my human sexuality book about the stigmas of contracting HIV or a STI, and it makes me think about how much we judge people everyday. It's depressing how much we put people down. Whether they're homosexual or straight, whether they're too skinny or too fat, whether they're funny enough or outgoing enough or their own personal lifestyle choices all factor into our everyday judgments. I think it's time that we start challenge our own prejudices.
Those include prejudices against others, and even the ones you have against yourself. I participated in a body self-image event, and it really resonated with me. We rely on so much what others perceive of us into creating how we feel about ourselves. If society thinks your fat, you're more likely to have a worse self-esteem. It's important to realize that your body will never be perfect, and it's these little imperfections that make you unique and beautiful, not how skinny you are. If you're confident in who you are that will show through, and confident people are attractive even if they're a pound or thirty over "average."
Being healthy is always a great idea, but don't expect to lose a ton of weight quickly. Chances are, being skinny or the ideal won't give you self-esteem if you don't already have it. If you want to lose weight, good for you, but do it for the right reasons and the right way. It's good to have a healthy diet, but allow yourself to live a little sometimes! It's okay to eat that cupcake! You know you want to.
Of course, nothing can ever be perfect, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't always strive to better ourselves and our thought processes!