So I was scrolling through Instagram today, and since I had just posted a progress picture from working out, I decided to search for others as inspiration. It was really interesting what I found.
Almost every picture I saw (like, 9/10), was of a muscly girl with perfect hair and no sweat. Sure there were the others who were more on the intense/bodybuilding side, but very rarely did I ever come across someone who was overweight or unkempt. Furthermore, I decided to search for pictures of people with disabilities working out/training/etc. almost every picture under the hashtag “cerebral palsy” and “disabled” was of some little kid that had been posted by a parent, or a quote. I only found a few people who actually promoted their disability and were working to help/change it.
In no way am I saying that’s the way it needs to be, all I’m saying is that I know for a fact there are many, many people out there who hide who they are using the Internet. All I’m saying, is that you shouldn’t have to. Whether you have a disability or not, you’re overweight or not, or whatever setback you might be facing, you do not have to hide it. I know what it’s like to feel that way. But I also know what it’s like when you learn to ignore it and promote yourself. Working out doesn’t just have to be for the people who are already fit. Selfies and YouTube videos and blogs do not have to be for people who are more fortunate than others. Use your resources as a way to keep yourself strong, mentally and physically. Express yourself. Share your story. Be you. And never stop fighting.
(P.s., check out my Instagram and follow for some inspiration! <3)