It’s a natural thing to admire someone else’s body and it’s instinctual to want to compare yours to theirs. Sometimes this can create a healthy camaraderie that mutually encourages health and fitness, but sometimes such comparisons are extremely destructive. I know that I spent years wishing my body was something that it’s not. I wanted to be less muscular, I wanted to be taller, and I wanted to be someone who I was simply not meant to be. I was an orange wanting to be an apple.
We are all shaped different from one another for a reason, and your body shape and size is part of who you are. Stop wanting to be an apple if you are an orange. Our bodies are beautiful in their differences. Be proud that no one is exactly like you; start accepting your genetic identity and stop comparing yourself to others.
By changing our attitudes about this one thing, we can change our lives. Change your attitude to realize that your body is different from everyone else’s, and that that is a good thing. The only important message of your beauty and value as a person should be the one that comes from within. Life is the sum of your choices (thank you, Albert Camus), so make your choices about the way you see yourself good ones. Embrace your flaws, for they are what make you the most beautiful.