Wore something super outside of my comfort zone last night while out with friends. felt ok at first and lost a bit of confidence as the night went on. Ive had this INSANE mentality my entire life about myself and my friends. I can't tell you how many times I didn't go somewhere because I was to self conscious. I have some drop dead gorgeous friends. ALL OF THEM! I used to always have the thought that I wasn't good enough to be someone's friend because I'm fat and not as attractive as them. I still catch myself thinking that here and there. I caught myself last night standing beside 4 of my beautiful skinny midget friends... Some friends I've had less than a year. Some are going on 15 years strong. And of course my brother from another mother Mr. Kendall going on almost 19 years of knowing each Other . But I realize now how fucking stupid that is. Being chubby doesn't make you any less of a person. It doesn't make you any less of a GOOD person. I can't tell you how many times I've limited myself because I didn't like the way I looked. How many times I turned someone down because they were thinner and there was no way they were attracted to me....
Self love and confidence is not an easy thing to learn. It takes time. Even after losing almost 40 pounds I still have a hard time actually seeing it. None the less I'm a hell of a lot closer to happiness than I was a year ago.
Anthony Harris is 13 years old and has been attending Rotary Camp and Respite Camp for five years. He has ADHD and Oppositional Defiant Disorder. His mother Tiana Sprout said Anthony has impulse control issues and he suffered from separation anxiety after his sister passed away when he was eight years old. “When he started Rotary Camp he began learning how to share. He learned how to take turns. He learned how to solve issues with other children without becoming physical. He became very helpful. With his separation anxiety he would cry when it was camp time. But as time passed he was excited for camp and eventually the anxiety became less of an issue for him. He really has a great time and always has a ton of stories when he comes home. Some of the counselors are from other countries so he loves talking and learning about where they are from a well. It really is a great experience for him.”
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