You want to be a rebellious badass? Start with not hating yourself. Hate the oppressive beauty standard? The patriarchy? There is nothing more rebellious you can do. Refuse to diet. Train not to be pretty but to be strong. To be functional, flexible, or for any reason that’s yours. And when you’re not at the gym, don’t worry about it. Invest your energies into something truly worthwhile.
These days we are terrified and in awe of people who don’t hate themselves. We try to find ourselves, find our strength, by emulating them. Of course it never works. Be only yourself, and be it proud. Your weaknesses, those things you are secretly ashamed of, they hold the clue to your true strengths.
The added bonus is that refusing to hate yourself enables you to care about and value other people too. But if you keep beating yourself down, you’ll never trust anyone, you’ll never be able to be there for them, and you’ll never be able to accept love or kindness.
Be a badass by not bothering to be a badass. Don’t harden the fuck up, soften the fuck down. Forgive yourself. Be free.
And please enjoy this picture of these lovely ducks.