Self Acceptance and Society/Fat Acceptance
Self acceptance is loving and appreciating yourself even if there are things you'd eventually like to change. Fat acceptance or society acceptance is getting society as a whole to accept that we have the same rights as everyone else and to reduce prejudice within the community.
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Self-acceptance means unconditional appreciation and support for who you are now, including all the elements that you want to change.
Things you can do every day to boost your body image:
- Move your body by doing activities you love
- think of one thing you body did for you today
- compliment yourself
- smile at yourself in the mirror
- wear clothes that fit you well and make you happy, regardless of their size
Being Whoever You Want to Be This Halloween
Until last year, I was self-professed as completely anti-Halloween. Traumatized by a sixth-grade Halloween costume contest mishap and unimpressed by the candy-driven commercialism, I hadn't been a fan of Halloween in 40 years...that is, until my granddaughter insisted I particpate with her last year by dressing up as one of the Sanderson sisters from the popular cult movie Hocus Pocus. I learned a lot about myself and Halloween that year.
It wasn't all my granddaughter's idea, dressing up as one of the Sanderson sisters, that is. My daughter has been a fan of the movie for over 20 years--the 25th anniversary was last year and it's a must--so she was in on it, too. Of course there are three Sanderson sisters and I was the third--Winifred (my chunky frame came in handy and it was a no-brainer).
By being forced out of my anti-Halloween comfort zone, in essence I was forced to have fun! I had to forget all about my previous Halloween misgivings and be in the moment to be Winnie, alongside my daughter and granddaughter. It was definitely a night to remember as we handed out candy to trick-or-treaters and got many comments, accolades and request for "pictures with the Sanderson sisters" throughout the night.
I discovered that no matter how old you are, you can embrace even the wackiest of holidays and have a great time. As for Halloween, you can be anyone you want to be or anyone you wanted to be--a rock star, a famous leader in history, a scary witch, a good fairy or anything your heart desires. Take a chance and be someone else for the day!
There is talk of several family members dressing up as the characters from the Aadams Family TV show this year, I just hope they don't have me dress up as Uncle Fester.
Have a wonderful Halloween and get out there and have a blast!
Written by: T.E.Bush
"Hobgoblins know the proper way to dance:
"I cannot endure to waste anything as precious as autumn sunshine by staying in the house.
So I spend almost all the daylight hours in the open air."