The only way to change is to start with ourselves. No matter how hard you’re going to push yourself towards ‘bettering yourself’ unless you actually change your mindset, you’re not going to achieve anything. Something that I’m intending to implement in my life is a different understanding of what our bodies actually are. Our bodies are a vessel for our soul, mind, spirit, whatever you want to call it, it’s a place where the real essence of our true selves exists. It’s like a tiny house, that shows how our inner self is feeling. Think of it, when we’re feeling sick people notice when we’re feeling sad people notice... Our bodies are a reflection of who, how, what we are. From now on, I’ll be implementing this mindset: my body was given to me like this because it embodies my true essence. It’s round a fluffy because I’m a lovable and caring person. It’s also very feminine and motherly (personally, I associate roundness with mums) because I enjoy being a woman (it sound weird, I know) and I’m a mom of the group. I have big thighs that I could have children sit on them (again weird associations, but it comes from me really wanting to be a mother in the future). I have a fluffy stomach, that people could hug me softly. I also have quite a bit of muscle that I could carry myself strongly. When I was my sickest I looked terrible, my soul was harmed and it showed in my outer self. Our bodies and our souls and interlocked, no matter how often medicine says that they’re not. Our whole body, be it heart, arms, legs, brain, emotions, all play together. When one part of our bodies is hurt, others suffer. We have to care for our whole body, not just parts that are sick or weak. Our whole body has to be healthy and reflect on what we truly are. Society may not call that a standard of beauty, but beauty is personal understanding. Beauty is like a flower. It blooms for a certain time and then dies. Beauty standards don’t stay the same for long. A few years ago a woman who was stick thin was called beautiful and now a woman who was a big booty and chest is beautiful. Only in a cou[ple of years the beauty standard changed. But you know what doesn’t change?