Acceptance may be absolutely the perfect topic this month, because there’s a new hashtag in town, calling everyone to practice radical acceptance of themselves and others as they embrace the opportunity to #BeReal.
The movement started when Hasty got sick and tired of false efforts at acceptance, which nonetheless promoted body image in its current media-centric sense, rather than in an inclusive body-positive fashion. The creators hearts may have been in the right place, but the outcome appeared to be that the ‘undesirable’ aspects of physicality were being shamed, whilst the usual ‘positives’ (pretty; flawless makeup; thin/ handsome; well-groomed; buff) were being touted as the best way to be.
Or perhaps as ever – until now, because there is an upsurge of people who may or may not fit the traditional model of ‘Body Beautiful’ coming into the fore and staking their claim for acknowledgement; for affirmation; for acceptance from others which embraces them just as they are and recognises them as a whole human being.
The message is this: be YOU – #BeReal
And it doesn’t matter if ‘real’ to you looks like sweat and grime and mess, or flawless make-up and high fashion. It doesn’t matter if ‘real’ to you looks like you haven’t showered or shaved for three days because life took over, or as though you’ve hit the jackpot and are relaxing doing exactly what you love, where you love to be. It doesn’t matter if your ‘real’ is mostly unremarkable and a bit ‘meh’. It doesn’t matter if your ‘real’ has you looking toned or tubby. It doesn’t matter if your ‘real’ is old or young, male or female, black or white or rainbow…
The point is, it’s YOU.
And YOU are worthy of acknowledgement, affirmation, and acceptance.
YOU are worthwhile.
Because you’re a person, and people count, and people need people, and in this Village where we know we’re stronger together, what you look like or how you choose to dress or how you present yourself, just isn’t relevant – it’s your light; your personality; your determination to be for other people and build them up; your successes and failures; your dreams and challenges; your absolutely unique perspective and the opportunities only YOU have, to make a difference in this world by being counter-cultural and living out radical acceptance, right where you are.
So yes – #BeReal – be YOU, because you are greater and far more valuable than the sum of your physicality.
And yes, you’re beautiful, because every human is wonderfully made.
As of Monday 20th July, Hasty will be running a series of #BeReal posts. I strongly encourage you to read them and learn about what ‘real’ means for different people as they do their best to show their acceptance of their reality, and to hope that you will also accept them.
There’s going to be a HUGE linkie, too, so if you’ve written about #BeReal (or you want to), then you’ll be able to pop over and add your post to the collective.
This month, 1000 Voices Speak for Compassion continues to work toward a better world with a particular focus on ACCEPTANCE, as well as the broader topic of compassion.
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