I love a good chick flick, and I love Amy Schumer even more. This one had a particularly strong message. Yes it’s funny as hell, but also left me with a few thoughts on something I struggle with personally…self confidence.
Without giving too much away, the movie is about a girl who doesn’t believe that she is beautiful or good enough. Then she makes a wish, bumps her head, and wakes up seeing a completely different person in the mirror. A Kylie Jenner type model with a great body. She then goes on to bag herself a boyfriend, and land her dream job. Her new self image is all in her head of course, and it eventually comes to an abrupt end. Long story short, she realizes that she didn’t physically change at all – and all of her new accomplishments were due to who she truly is inside.
How many times have you stood in front of the mirror criticizing your body? Which in turns fills you with so much negative energy that you feel as if your contribution to the world doesn’t even matter. Sometimes I feel like I should be thinner, more confident or curvier. Then the crazy thing is that some people actually compliment me on these very things that I believe need work. And I’m like what are you on about??
We are definitely our own worst enemies. Why? Because the world that we live in, and social media, have conditioned us to believe that we should look and act a certain way. We can’t all go to the gym five times a week or be super bubbly and ‘crazy’ all the time. That is ok. It is ok to be you. It isn’t normal for young women to look to certain public figures with so much admiration that they start disliking themselves…because their desire to look like the girl online or in the magazine is so intense. This needs to stop!
I would like you all to try a little experiment.
Give yourself proper attention and self love for one week – Monday to Friday. Get eight hours sleep, drink lots of water and nourish your body with wholesome food. Then wake up every morning, look into the mirror and tell yourself that you are beautiful – inside and out, that you are going to put your best food forward in every thing that you do, and that your voice and worth is valuable.
Lets see how you feel after five days. How have people responded to this fresh attitude?
I really do believe that the only person holding you back in life…is you.