Body Love

This afternoon, I was on my way back from Horseshoe Bay — and started thinking about technology and the Internet. I spent the hour commute back into downtown Vancouver on my iPhone.

Everyone on the bus was on their phone.

No one was reading. No one was talking.

Or were they?

I was texting, tweeting, reading articles and writing emails. I assume people were doing the same — probably playing games too.

I started thinking about what life would be like without technology? I hardly remember those days… and you know what, that somewhat terrifies me.

I am attached to my phone and the Internet. I live and breathe it — day in and day out. 

Is the dependency on technology healthy? I’ve got no idea…

I remember long play dates with friends when I was in elementary school. I remember writing in journals and having a pen pal in middle school. I remember when I used to chat with my girlfriends for 4+ hours on the phone in high school — every, single, night. All of that has been bundled up into Facebook, Twitter and beyond.

We’ve changed the way we communicate and we need to accept it.  The Internet — it’s not good or bad — it’s just different. Time and time again the world has shown me that the Internet is a powerful tool to get your message out to the masses.

An image that came through my Facebook feed today — was that of Stella Boonshoft. An 18 year old student from New York City who was recently featured on Humans of New York {an amazing blog and must subscribe}.

Stella tells a story of bullying and body image. A month ago she posted her picture on her blog with a statement to the world that pretty much said — Leave me alone and let me be. Stop judging. Accept me for who I am.

Kudos to Stella for finding her voice and taking a stance — brave young woman.

“There is no such thing as a good or bad body. Our bodies are all beautiful because they are vessels for our souls. They allow us to feel, express, hurt, love, laugh, cry, and most importantly create change in the world.” – Stella Boonshoft

Since then hundreds of thousands of people have seen her photo and given their opinion {both positive and negative}. She has been called fat and unhealthy. She has accused of wanting to be famous or using the ‘tell all’ as a motive to gain attention.

The Internet can be a beast.

One thing that has continually been reinforced to me over the years is… “if one person learns, you’ve done your job.” Not everyone is going to understand your message or be in a place where it’s relevant to them. We have to accept that for what it is and truck forward.

If someone is learning — continue.

Stella stood up and said what so many people in the world are thinking. With one post, she made a difference in the lives of others. With one post, she made an impact on the community. With one post, she gave young women all over the world — hope.

Vulnerability is hard. It’s important because it forces you to grow.

Vulnerability gives you the power to accept you for who you are — and just be.

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us…Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do…And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” – Marianne Williamson

Learn more about Stella and her mission to change the way we think about our bodies:

http://thebodyloveblog.tumblr.com

{… thank you Internet. Blessed to learn about Stella. Blessed to share her message with others.}

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