Love yourself

Thursday, September 10, 2015

"I'm standing for anyone who has struggled with self-esteem issues like me, because all bodies are valuable. To support self-acceptance, draw a  on my body."  Amy Pence-Brown

Instead of buying a lipstick you think you need, watch this video and think about what self-acceptance means to you. "In a society that profits from your self-doubt, liking yourself is a rebellious act. Because all bodies are valuable." I think we've all fallen into this trap of we're not good enough, so we need to buy this product or that product to validate our worth and existence. I've definitely fallen into the trap of consumerism and celebrity culture. Blank is the highest paid actress this year according to Forbes. Or how to dress like Blank this fall? Which lipstick color did Blank wear at New York Fashion Week. It's all a little silly.

Growing up I definitely suffered from self-esteem problems. If you don't have emotionally supportive parental figures who don't teach you how to love yourself in a non-egotistical way, you're bound to develop insecurities about yourself and your physical appearance. So I'd say it starts off at a very young age. Hong Kong has the type of culture and mentality, where your elders feel compelled to dole out backhanded compliments or flat out insults about your appearance, weight, hair color and style, clothes, tattoos, etc. Luckily, I wasn't too subjected to that treatment, but I've definitely been on the receiving end of it. I absolutely do not agree with this kind of subtle verbal abuse.

At the end of the day, it made me a stronger person. That's why I'm so in awe of Amy Pence-Brown for doing this social experiment to promote self love and acceptance. Even to this day, I feel like I finally have a somewhat healthy self esteem, but I would never stand in a middle of a crowded place in my underwear and allow people to draw on me while I was blindfolded. That takes a lot of guts and courage. I can be fearless with certain things, but I could never do what she did. She is truly an inspiration and I commend her fearlessness.

The internet will always be plagued with trolls. From reading comments, I've discovered that the video has already been receiving some backlash. I find this absolutely appalling that people could actively but indirectly bully this incredible and courageous woman for supporting self-acceptance.

Who are these people? Are these people a 10? Do they have some complex that makes them think they're better than everyone else? Do they have "perfect" bodies and healthy bank accounts? Do they understand what self-acceptance is? Do they accept themselves? Who do you think you are? 

I'll tell you who you are, you're a coward. You are a hateful coward who should keep your hateful words to yourself. Just refrain yourself from typing. And stop being a coward. Just because the internet allows you to be anonymous, doesn't mean you should spew out ugly, monstrous words, because you are not in any way making the world a better place. These internet trolls need to be sent to an island forever.

Thank you Amy Pence-Brown for your act of self-love. I support your cause, because I think we all need to be a little more positive and spread that energy to make the world a better place. It's never going to change overnight, but if people slowly accept themselves, they may start to accept one another and hopefully, one day, we'll find ourselves on a happy and healthy planet. And then our grandchildren will thank the older generation for paving the way for them.