The 'Perfect' Body

Hello teenagers of the 21st century!

(watch video before reading!)

I've been following Cassey Ho of Blogilates for just under a year, I adore her workouts and she has THE MOST friendly and fun attitude towards healthy living. For those of you who don't have the foggiest who she is (shame on you because she is legit QUEEN), she's one of the biggest youtubers on the fitness scene with just over 2 million subscribers and originally rose to fame with her 10 minute pilates videos (which are super effective and really difficult in a good way - I die).

Cassey has always seemed like such a happy and positive energy, her advice is never anything but encouraging and the the best of my knowledge and research she has never promoted any kind of unhealthy lifestyle. However, in the last week or two I've seen her being hated on a considerable amount. Amongst the various form of hate I've seen 11 minute long videos solely dedicated to breaking down her entire life from diet to exercise regime, even her childhood. There are people calling her diet 'anorexic' (which btw is a very real condition which effects very real people and isn't a term that should just be thrown around), whilst I've seen tweets and instagram comments stating things like "If you're such a good personal trainer, why don't you have a six pack' or 'Eww. Call that a thigh gap, they are practically touching'.

I cannot even begin to imagine what it must be like to've worked your butt off to create an amazing fitness community with millions of followers, only to have it all thrown back in your face by a couple of idiots who don't even know you. To the few people out there making these comments: YOUR NEGATIVITY HAS NO PLACE ON THE INTERNET. Opinions? Yes. Insights? Yes. Cyberbullying? No.

It makes me so angry to know that some people think they can do whatever they like online just because no one can see their face. It does not make you 'cool' to send a hateful tweet or post a disrespectful youtube video, it makes you a coward. I bet 99% of people making hateful comments on the internet would never have the guts to say it to the face of the person they are insulting. Cyberbullying is such a huge issue, and one I don't think I'll be able to cover fully in this short post, especially as I want to get to talking about what good has come out of this whole situation. However let me just say this: I have nothing against people having OPINIONS. I'm just asking you not to be ignorant when expressing them.

However, moving swiftly on, despite all this I'm super happy to say that Cassey (being the incredible person she is) has managed to turn all this hate and negative energy into something beautiful and thought provoking. The video above, entitled 'The Perfect Body', is one of the most real and inspiring short films I've seen in a long time.

This whole concept of being able to literally photoshop yourself into 'the perfect body' speaks to me in so many ways. I cannot tell you how many times I've wished I was taller, or had clearer skin, or had smaller thighs. Sometimes I want nothing more than to 'photoshop' myself. But would this make me happy? Probably not. The things that really make me happy are the small and simple things: like my best friends, a big bowl of ben and jerry's, or a particularly good episode of Doctor Who.

Even at age 13, I've battled with coming to terms with my body type and the way I look. I've had to accept that I will never be tall and skinny like a model, rather I will always be curvier - and that's okay!

I don't think anyone is ever 100% happy with the way they look, it's just human nature. There has been a bit on controversy in the comments of the video as to whether Cassey was implying that her goals are to lose weight due to the 'what would you change?' tagline, however I think the video was intended to just serve as a creative way to express how sometimes peoples comments can get to you so much you end up feeling like you need to change who you are in order to make the haters happy.

As teenagers we're constantly under pressure from society to constantly meet expectations. We're expected to have this perfect balanced life with good grades, friendships, socialising, studying, out of school clubs and increasingly the pressure to look perfect. But let me tell you a little secret: perfection does not exist. There, I've said it. Perfection. Does. Not. Exist.

You're never going to be amazing at everything, but you will be amazing at something that no one else is. It's unlikely that you will ever love everything about yourself, but that doesn't matter because you are you. Even though perfection does not exist, happiness does. So that's my final advice for today:

Do what makes you happy.

If you want to change something about yourself, do it because it's what you truly want it for yourself. Dye your hair purple if that's what makes you happy. Completely change your wardrobe. Start jogging. Do it. But do it because it's something that will make you happy, not because some idiot on the internet said you were looking a bit chubby.

Thank you for reading all the way to here and I'm so sorry if this post wasn't of the best quality and got a bit rant-y, I just had a couple of things to get off my chest! In the comments tell me one thing that you WOULDN'T change about yourself!

Love you all,
Sarah xx:)

1 comment:

  1. <3 I adore how you express your thoughts. Keep it up, Sarah!
    ~ Sanjana