“In a world that wants to change us, it’s a radical act of resistance to love ourselves for exactly who we are," says actor, fitness instructor and self-proclaimed “lover of life” James Rose (@jamesissmiling), who has recovered from disordered eating. “It’s not about looking in the mirror and enjoying what you see; it’s about internalizing that you are wholly worthy beyond any reflection.”
James struggled with society’s expectation of masculinity, while being lauded for their femininity, and never fully identifying with either one. “My disordered eating was, in many ways, an attempt to manipulate my body to conform to both of these gendered expectations. The expectations I was attempting to conform to were never mine.”
For James, a community that uplifts and celebrates you is key to any kind of recovery. “Positive community isn’t about surrounding yourself with people who say nice things to you. It’s filling your circle with folks who love you enough to call you in, to educate you, to let you cry on their shoulder, to cheer you on and allow you to do the same for them.”
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