• Maddie commented on the post, Acceptance 3 weeks, 6 days ago

    This left me speechless. Every word you have written pierces through my mind, making me feel every emotion I believe this is trying to convey. It’s absolutely beautiful.

  • 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]

  • Maddie wrote a new post, Bruised 4 weeks ago

     

    “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.

    • Wow this is powerful. I’m speechless right now. This must have been painful to write so I am impressed with your strength to write something so deep and meaningful. Very well done!

    • This piece captures the confusion and temper associated with mental issues. Well done.

  • I collapsed on the tile floor crying. I haven’t eaten anything in a week, how the hell did I gain two pounds? My weight was flashing on the scale as if it were mocking me – 115 lbs, 115 lbs, 115 lbs.

    I climbed t

    • Irene replied 1 month ago

      Maddie,
      I’m self-conscious about my appearance also to this day even though everyone says to accept who you are. I always wish that I was taller, skinnier, and prettier, but I realize there’s nothing I could do to change who I am. Your description of how you saw yourself in the mirror made me sad of how so many girls, including me, in our generation don’t feel pretty enough. I think this problem is mainly caused by social media in this technologically advanced society, where people have this certain beauty standard that everyone feels the need to set as a goal. I don’t think there should be such thing as a beauty standard, because it’s becoming an obstacle that we must circumvent to feel pretty. I hope you accept yourself and everyone’s beautiful in their own special ways. Being skinny does not always mean pretty.

    • Dear Maddie: Yes, You Are Pretty

      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.

      Hopefully these tips help you!

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