New Year, New You
HOLD ONTO YOUR CAT PEOPLE!
It’s that time of year again where the forecast is dark, gloomy with a hell of a lot of diet culture shit storms taking place right across the globe. You must be used to it by now - just after we’ve finished demolishing every food in sight and grown a considerable food baby we’re suddenly bombarded with thousands of messages telling us to shrink ourselves, to detox, to stay away from dairy, carbs, fats and basically anything edible for that matter all in the hopes of getting our ‘dream’ body.
Every year we’re spoon fed the same lie - we’re convinced (through multiple glitzy adds featuring our favourite celebrities) that changing our bodies will finally bring us happiness. That if we lost weight, toned up and had an ass to rival Kim K’s that all our dreams would come true. That we would suddenly be infinitely happier, have more friends and be a huge success. We’re taught that having a body which fits into societies standards of beauty is our number one aspiration in life. Forget all those aspirations of becoming a doctor, stopping climate change or adopting 50 kittens your new aspiration is making sure you have a body that looks like the ones we see everyday in every form of media imaginable. Right?
The thing is most of us have been round the dieting block a few times and we know thats its bollocks! We know that diets fail 90% of the time. Yet we still come back for more. We still buy another gym membership, another fad diet and another year of being miserable and hating ourselves. We still convince ourselves that new year = new you.
But what about if the ‘new you’ part of new year wasn’t related to weight loss? What about instead of trying to shrink ourselves we allow ourselves to thrive instead. Could you imagine what you could achieve this year if you invested the energy you usually put into weight loss, fad diets and generally hating yourself into making positive changes in your life. You could learn a new language, be kinder, get more sleep or read more books. The possibilities are endless, if you stop limiting yourself you never know what you can achieve.