Because eating disorder or not, time does not stop, life does not stop, growth does not stop.
Because when we live with an eating disorder, we are carrying an umbrella of fear in the middle of a sumer day.
Because we are beautiful exactly the way we are.
Because your feelings are your body’s way of sending messages…numbing, denying, or suppressing them with your eating disorder does not make them go away; rather, this tells your body and mind, you’re not important to me.
Because the relationship you share with yourself is the most important relationship you will ever have. If you’re abusive and unloving towards your own self, how effective can your affection be towards others?
Because our bodies are scared and unique vessels meant to be nourished, loved, and appreciated, rather than criticized, punished, or mutilated.
Because destroying the intimacy with an eating disorder only opens the door for closeness within our real-world relationships.
Because we are more than statistics and diagnoses.
Because even the worst days in recovery will heal us faster and stronger than the best days stuck in our own sickness.
Because letting go feels so much more liberating than holding onto the control that was never there.
Because your eating disorder is conniving, possessive, and will only get worse.
Because the lying becomes toxic.
Because we have a greater meaning in this world than gaining and losing the same ten pounds.
Because we deserve to feel real feelings and experience authentic experiences outside of the ones shared with food, exercise, and control.
Because we are worth happiness, balance, and peace. We do not have to do anything to earn or deserve these inherent rights.
Because we deserve to take care of ourselves as we would take care of anyone else.
Because we would never hurt a stranger, enemy, or friend the way we hurt ourselves.
Because without recovery, there is only sickness.
Because the eating disorder distorts EVERYTHING you do and EVERYTHING you think.
Because the people you love want you to love yourself.
Because it’s time to start living that life you always imagined living.
Because, at any given moment, you have the power and choice to delete, modify, or add to the chapter of life you’re currently writing.
Because you can be someone extraordinary and limitless once released from such bondage.
Because it doesn’t matter about what happened five seconds ago or what will happen in five seconds…WHO DO YOU WANT TO BE RIGHT NOW? HOW DO YOU WANT TO FEEL RIGHT NOW?
Because if not now, when?