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I believe it’s safe to say that most women have been through a phase, or an ongoing season in their lives, during which they haven’t felt completely at peace with their bodies. Body image is a recurrent theme when it comes to the struggles women face. While we know that it is a classic case of unrealistic idealism when we strive to obtain the societal-defined ‘perfect body’ type, this does not prevent self-comparison. The ease of accessibility and subsequent rampant use of the internet and social media channels has only served to fuel the raging flames of the ‘ideal body’ pursuit. We are constantly bombarded with images of perfectly sculpted demi-goddesses; thereby, subconsciously, we internalize this level of perceived perfection as being the ideal. It is relatively easy to get sucked into the comparison game vacuum, therefore resorting to unhealthy measures such as fad diets, in order to live up to society’s ‘ideal’ perception of beauty.
When exactly does the clock hand shift? When does the switch flip? At what point in our lives do we not see ourselves as the perfect beings we were created to be? What specifically triggers the transition into negative thought processes about our bodies? While we may not have all the answers to the aforementioned questions, we have in our possession the ability to share our stories, thereby supporting each other in the journey towards self-acceptance.
Cue in the phenomenal Beautiful Bodies book by renowned, best-selling author Kimberley Rae Miller, also known for the memoir Coming Clean. Reading Beautiful Bodies was akin to meeting a kindred spirit who I could relate to on a subliminal level. The book is a well-crafted personal depiction of the uphill task that is body acceptance. It is a riveting account of one woman’s struggle with the ever elusive goal of attaining and maintaining the ‘perfect weight.’ Her story is representative of a battle that scores of women face.
As an avid bookworm, I enjoy reading narratives that reel me in. Beautiful Bodies did just that. It is a marrying of words to produce a narration that is powerful as it is empathy-inducing. As I flipped through the pages, eager to delve deeper into her story, I felt like I was granted VIP access into the life of a woman whose story deeply resonated with me. She candidly expresses her struggle with loving her body for what it is. She laid it all out on the table without restraint. The author’s willingness to be brutally honest, utterly transparent, while concurrently infusing her infectious sense of humor into her story sharing was refreshing. Hers was a captivating depiction, making it difficult to set the book down. As I read the book, I was intrigued, amused, inspired, empathetic, and a host of other roller coasters of emotions. I cannot tell you how many times I told myself I’d only read one more chapter and then call it a day. Hours later, I would still be deeply engrossed in this personal story; a story that is the story of multitudes of women.
Comparing yourself to others and expecting to be happy is comparable to sitting on the sidelines and watching your own life pass you by. It’s a no-win situation. The destructive practice of self-comparison should be tossed out with the bath water once and for all. We are all uniquely made. Self-love and embracing the fact that each and every one of our bodies is ideal is one of the secrets to personal happiness. Thank you for sharing your personal story Kimberly Rae Miller. Beautiful Bodies is a classic book that should be read and shared universally.
Great news: Beautiful Bodies is available for purchase via Amazon! You can enjoy the book via hardcover, paperback, on your Kindle or via audio CD. Awesome, right? Happy reading, friends! Now go forth and be inspired. 🙂