I’m farther along in life’s journey, age-wise, and while I have made a lot of progress I can’t deny that body image is still an issue. This is something that everyone who sees me from the outside has trouble understanding; my dimensions are absolutely standard, and I know darn well I’m lucky to have this body, and I’m much nicer to it than I was in my youth.

But if you’ve been judged or criticized or teased, or all three, when you’re an adolescent, as I was and as you were, it takes continual practice to overcome the internalized toxic voice.

I salute you.

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Writer & educator. The Startup, Writing Cooperative, P.S. I Love You, The Ascent, more. Award-winning short fiction. Visit me at www.JanMFlynn.net.

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