For me, I need art to survive. It helps me cope with life and the things going on around me. The recent money cuts in our school district has left the art program with only $5 per student to pay for supplies, there’s no nice art supplies that you can get for five dollars to do an entire project. For each art class I have had to pay…[Read more]
Your poem is absolutely amazing. It made me think back to how strict my middle school dress code had been. There were days when a teacher would walk around the room to each girl and measure how short her shorts were in-front of the entire class. If one aspect of your clothing didn’t meet the criteria, you were sent home or you had to wear your gym…[Read more]
“No, this wasn’t meant to happen.” His rocking begins to take on a certain rhythm. “I shouldn’t be here. I shouldn’t be here. I shouldn’t be here,” being repeated in unison with his swaying. The ankles of hi
This piece is really interesting. The theme is really difficult, since mental health isn’t something people talk about, and i often over romanticized when there’s really nothing glamorous about it at all. You did a really good job of shining a light of truth on the subject. My only suggestion would be to give it more order.
Dear Maddie, Thank you so much for you post! I am stunned by the emotion in this piece, and I think that you did a really good job capturing what it is like to have a mental illness. Thank you so much for this and I look forward to seeing your future posts.
I’d be lying if I said I never wished I looked like someone else. Reading the words “pretty girls don’t eat” touched me in a sort of ironic way. I was in a predicament opposite of yours, I wanted to GAIN weight. When I hear people say they wish they were skinnier, I can’t help but look at them as if they are crazy. One time, I had a friend tell me she’d trade bodies with me if she could, and it left me speechless because during that time in my life, I really wasn’t happy with my shape. I wanted to be a bigger size! If I had the option, I would’ve traded bodies with her then and there.
I began stuffing my face with food, everyday. Even when I was full from one meal, Id continue to eat because I wanted to gain pounds. I stopped eating healthy, which caused me to break out, but I was so focused on that image of a perfect body, I didn’t care. Every night, I would use a weighing scale to see if I gained anything, but the same numbers popped up on the screen. I began getting angry at my body. Why was it so easy for other people to gain weight? I watched tutorials and even talked to my doctor about it, I was serious about getting the body I wanted!
Eventually, after all the time and effort I put into gaining weight, I learned to be happy about my body. Nothing is wrong with it, and even though I can’t see you, I’m pretty sure there’s nothing wrong with yours either! Through God’s eyes, we’re all beautiful. He made us in his own image, so if you insult yourself, you are technically insulting God as well. If you don’t see yourself as perfect, you shouldn’t see anyone else as perfect, we are all equally made. God has no favorites!
I’m trying to avoid being harsh, but truth is: no matter how hard you try…you’ll never be the next person. No matter how much makeup you wear, weight you lose, hairstyles you try…you’ll always be you! Instead of wasting time trying to be perfect, focus on improving your confidence. I understand you wanted to lose weight, but to what degree? That’s the important part. You shouldn’t go as far as starving yourself.
Here are some things I did during my process to improving my confidence:
1.I stopped comparing myself to other females.
As humans, we tend to look for things in other people that we don’t find in ourselves. As a result, we end up not satisfied and less confident.
I began to look on the bright side!
Dont spend time focusing on what you don’t have, focus on the things you already like about yourself! I surrounded myself with people who cared.
Talking to people who understood what I was going through gave me strength.
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