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Reflections from the Good Body performance

Below is a post from a JHU student who attended our Good Body event:

Do you think you are fat, not attractive, ugly, or have embarrassing acne, wrinkles, or stretch marks? It sure is a shame I’m not living in the Renaissance because if I did then I would be considered “pretty” because I have what was considered to be the “ideal” “pear-shaped” body.

This evening I attended a play that one of my teammates acted in called “The Good Body,” which is derived from Eve Ensler’s book. The play was all about how individuals perceive their body, and in one part all of the girls onstage were posing as trees. I was thinking what the heck? But one tree (girl) was talking about how we are all Created with an individual and unique body, and conveyed the message that just because you don’t look like the next tree does not make you any less beautiful.

Why should we not be happy with who we are or the way we look because society today equates being “skinny” and pretty? The reality is that the way we look is important everyone; I have realized that even if we don’t look like a model, it does not mean we don’t have beautiful features, and your size whether skinny or not does not determine how radiant you can be. At the same time, loving your body is also about eating and exercising in a healthy manner on both ends of the spectrum because you can eat and exercise too much just as you can eat and exercise too little.

Why would you want to look like someone else, when your beauty is really derived from your ability to own who you are by having confidence and being happy? This week I encourage you to do two things:

1) Look in the mirror (seriously, look in the mirror) and tell yourself what you love about your appearance and not what bothers you.
2) Tell your significant other, friend, and/or family member that they are beautiful and name one physical feature that you love most about them.