It’s no secret that the health and fitness industry isn’t all healthy. We have a tendency to continually ask our bodies to not only perform, but to perform better, harder, faster, and ultimately stronger.
What we fail to ask ourselves is – “What are doing for it?”
We (as a society) use negative talk, self doubt, have a false sense of reality, and pick apart every single thing we don’t like- yet we put no attention on the things we do like. We get mad when people belittle us, yet we do it to ourselves on a daily basis and somehow view it as acceptable.
Although I put a lot of blame on the media (especially social media), gender dominant roles, the ads we view on a regular basis (and believe to be true), I also blame us. We’ve allowed these outside influencers to put so much pressure on whom we should be, what we should look like, and how we should feel, yet in that moment, we forget how powerful our inner voice is.
We’re doing something wrong here.
From the girl that’s suffered from an eating disorder for years but fears speaking the truth about her struggles will make her seem weak, to the gym junkie that is truly addicted to the gym for all the wrong reasons because they aren’t dealing with the real problem at hand…we’re failing to embrace honesty time and time again.
Being honest with others is one thing, but being honest with ourselves takes effort, heart, and requires a lot of work. Instead of feeding into all the other “stories” that surround us, lets learn how to own our own.
We have a tendency to embrace the struggles others are suffering from, but don’t think we’re worthy of accepting our own.
It doesn’t matter what your story is- what matters is that its yours; to tell, to share, to embrace, to nurture, and to grow. By starting a conversation we begin to put ourselves on a much more positive path. A path that others will believe in- not because someone is telling them to, but because it’s raw, it’s honest, and it shows vulnerability.
That’s what people want.
That’s what people need.
EveryBODY has a story.