Now this is going to be hard to write about! A lot of people don’t know this about me but I am diagnosed with a mild case of scoliosis. As I have blogged about before, I have played many sports as a kid, I am very athletic, and I love to be active! Health and fitness is definitely a passion of mine which is why it is my pageant platform. I come from an active, competitive family so I grew up always trying to be the best I can be. At an early age of 5 I got into gymnastics and I loved it. I stayed with the sport for about 8 years competitively. The year I quit gymnastics, when I was about 13, I had an accident on the balance beam. Long story short, I fell backwards and landed hard right on my tailbone on the 4 inch wide piece of wood (a.k.a the balance beam). Yes it hurt, but I thought nothing of it years afterwards. Right when I quit gymnastics, which was the hardest and most emotional thing I ever did, I joined competitive cheerleading. As a cheerleader I was the girl with the muscles so I was a base, which held up 100+ pounds of girl above my head. I was also a tumbler so I did a lot of flips and tricks. However, with all that force on my back, over the years, my back was in so much pain that I had to quit cheerleading after 5 years (just last year I quit). This is my first year not in a sport – which is why I am so dedicated to the gym! I’ve never even had a gym membership until about 2 years ago. My physio and chiropractor have stated that my scoliosis is permanent and the only thing I can do is lots of back and abdominal exercises to keep my back strong. Almost everyday I am in pain – I can’t sit for too long and I can’t stand for too long. But with lots of positive thinking, keeping a smile on my face and working hard to strengthen my body, I know in time my back will get better!
Nobody is perfect. Imperfections and confidence is what makes someone beautiful. I love the quote “Be Your Own Kind Of Beautiful”. To me that means, being YOU, having inner beauty, being confident, and loving all your unique characteristics. There is no one like you in the world so why would we want to be anyone else? Different is OK. Perfect is BORING. You are a gift, nothing would be the same if you didn’t exist. We need to learn to love our imperfections – I accept my scoliosis, it makes me who I am. There is no point dwelling on something you can’t change. What you need to do is learn to love your imperfections and WORK IT! Another important factor to loving yourself is to stop comparing yourself to others. I just focus on being the best version of myself that I can possibly be. It’s not selfish to love yourself, take care of yourself, and to make your happiness a priority. It’s necessary.