Anyone who has struggled with an eating disorder or has helped someone in their recovery process can appreciate how complex, unique and different every experience can be. Reading personal essays and stories is a great way to understand what others have gone through and what they have learned. Our blog, In Their Own Words, is a forum for people to share their insights, experiences, and, importantly, to let you know that YOU are not alone

Beautiful Messes…

I stumbled across this quote today, and it actually made me stop scrolling and re-read the words.

My journey has been a bit of a rollercoaster ride, which makes it both exciting, and terrifying at the same time.

There are times that I feel like a warrior, I can take on the world, and I can stand tall, solid… never waiter..never break!

And then there are times, I am so fragile, that the slightest touch, breeze.. or glance might knock me down and I am defeated.

Recovery isn’t pretty, and the days that are tough, are unexplainable.

The days that are amazing, may not always be recognized and spoken about.

I appreciate those who don’t judge how my days will never be the same, and my mood will be dictated by what is helping me survive at that moment.

My beauty will vary on my secure, confident days, and the days that the scars cannot be concealed.

The days that no amount of make-up or glue can hide where I have broken, and I show my true self.

The task of becoming whole again is one that may take a lifetime, and I don’t know if it ever ends.

If you know someone that is trying to make themselves whole again… that has been broken… have been hurting…remember one thing:

Be Kind. Stop judging.

We are all beautiful messes.