Well due to certain events occurring in my life I felt obliged to speak up again on body confidence.
I am now starting my 3rd and final year at PPA. Exciting times! We have a new Head of Dance who has requested that we wear shorts in ballet and jazz. No ballet tights. Just leotard and shorts. So they can see the right leg muscles being used and we can look at our own bodies and see what needs toning etc.
Now we all know I am not one to care what my body will look like but on receiving this news I wasn’t a happy bunny.
I think my mind went into the typical girl mode and started to panic! Becoming insecure, self-conscious and hating on my body. NO! NO this uniform change will not break me and my confidence!
My legs have been my main body hang up that I have fought for years. I don’t have the best legs. They’re slightly chunky but I get that from my Dad. And I wouldn’t change my Dad for the world so I got over it. I’m not going to be able to change the natural bone structure of my legs. Yeah I can go to the gym and do some legs exercises to tone up but I’m not going to come out having Carrie Underwood legs. I’ve accepted this!
And yes I have a bit of cellulite on my thighs – OMG end of the wooorllddd!! I am a curvy girl – this is natural! Some women get it worse than others not just because of fat but because it’s in their genes! Yeah it’s true I read up about it! And yes my thighs jiggle and my butt jiggles, if you’ve got a problem with that then – I don’t think ya ready for this jelly!
One thing that clicked with me over the summer is that life is too short to care about what other people think. If they can’t except you for who you are and how you look then good riddance. Live life to its fullest and wear what you want to wear with confidence. In the great scheme of things do you think you will look back in 10 years and still be crying about wearing shorts? Wouldn’t you rather look back and see someone embracing life and embracing the body they were born into the world in!!
When I am in that ballet class everyone in there knows I fully accept what I look like and they can’t say one thing that’s going to change that. My Mum made a good point and said “Most girls will be so self-conscious about themselves they won’t be focusing on anyone else!” True Dat.
My final point for this post is to be grateful. Be grateful for the body you have. If I ever have a moment when I think negatively about my body I remind myself that there are people in the world who have lost their arms or lost their legs. I have a fully functioning, healthy, active body and that is something to be so grateful for in this world. The fact I can go to the gym and take part in a dance class everyday is a gift that some people pray for. Remember that.
I’ve given myself a goal to be in the best shape of my life for 2014. I’m not going to weigh myself because that’s not important to me. I want to get fit. Make healthier choices. Work on areas of my body that need toning.
I need to be on top form for my final year and 3rd year shows.
Hopefully that has given you some inspiration to look at yourself differently now. None of us are perfect. We are all different. Be who you are because you can’t change. You might as well get comfortable in your body because you’re going to spend the rest of your life in it!!
Have an awesome weekend 😀