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Y-Speak: Differences

EVERYBODY is different from one another. Some are skinny while others are chubby. Some have curves while others do not and some wear extra-large shirts while others wear extra-small. And we should never compare what’s ours to theirs. We all have different standards and as they say beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

But sometimes, life does not give you sunshine and butterflies. It sometimes punch you in the face, give you a hard time, and treat you differently based on the body that you have.

Growing up with insecurities with your own body is a challenge. There are days that you see yourself as a hideous fat monster and want to hide from the world forever or you will feel motivated and beautiful with what you are and feel like a supermodel. You’re always conscious with what to wear every day, what you eat, and even what pictures to post on social media. And sometimes you will compare yourself to others and it can affect your self-esteem that you no longer have confidence and sometimes it can lead to depression.

Being called fat is not a great mood booster. Sometimes, it eats you alive and haunts you forever. I have been called fat by friends, as a joke and by family members, as a health advice. Hearing these words always ruins my day especially when I’m already having a hard time accepting and loving my own body. To these people, it’s all fun and games, acting like it’s not a big deal. Even famous celebrities are verbally harassed with the help of technology today. Words spread like a wild fire and if it matters to them, then why not me?

We are all different individuals. We all come in different shapes and sizes, there is no other version of you. We should not engraved those words to our brains and let it haunt us forever. Let’s make it as our motivation to strive harder for a healthy lifestyle and to learn how to accept and love yourself, you can take it easy, one small steps at a time. And let’s learn to be careful with our words, be kind and spread positivity. All different body types are all equally beautiful. My body, yours, and even his. (May Angela Ung, UM AB English intern)


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