Perspective has helped me a lot. Take things as they are, and appreciate the things you have control of.
I don’t believe “normal” exists. I define “normal” as society sees it, as the part of ourselves that we’re comfortable sharing with everyone else, that we feel will be accepted. The reality is, all of us, regardless of background, are hiding a part of ourselves that we are afraid either won’t be accepted, or won’t be accepted in the way we’d like.
Smart Fit Girls is a program that teaches adolescent girls how to love their bodies by embracing their own strength.
To me, lifting is a feminist act. I do this because I control my own body. I am becoming larger and louder and taking up more space. I am not quiet and I am not small and I am not cute and I don’t exist for you. In defiance of expectations: to be where I want to be, rather than just where I am expected.