As I am writing you this blog entry, I am recovering from a horrible cold, maybe it was even the flu. All I know is that I felt absolutely helpless, my entire body just shut down and all I could do was sleep. During these days I constantly thought of a part written by Nicola Yoon in her debut novel, Everything Everything, which will appear in the cinemas very shortly (let me know if you would like me to write a book review). In this part, the main character Maddy looks at herself in the mirror while wearing a bathing suit, thinking about all the horrible ways normal teenage girls (in reality almost everyone despite their sex or age) would criticise their bodies, but she could only think of one thing; that she wished her body would function properly.
Photography by Anuschka Giersthove
Focus on the positive
Obviously this comparison is a tad dramatic as I was only having a couple of bad days, but it is true that in these moments, I just wanted my body to heal so I could be healthy again. Too often we forget the true purpose of our bodies, we forget to appreciate all the hard work that is done from the moment that we open our eyes, all because we are too focused on having an ideal shape and the perfect skin etc. I see too many of my friends obsessed over diets, weight loss snd exercise. Although neither are necessarily bad, when focused on too much it can completely take over your life.
Lets all just try to take a step back and instead of focusing on what is wrong, try to focus on what is right. Although I am not quite well yet, I am already feeling so much better and I can feel my body continuing to fight in order to fully recover. I am grateful for the body that I have and I will continue working on learning how to love it even more.
WHAT I WORE
BLAZER – STRADIVARIUS
TOP – H&M
T-SHIRT – ZARA (SIMILAR)
TROUSERS – MONKI
SHOES – MARKS & SPENCERS (SIMILAR)
Lots of Love,