“I am not my build”

A lot of people don’t know I’ve never really felt comfortable in my own skin. Growing up I remember being ridiculed by family members in front of my sister and cousins for being “skinny”. I have been thin all my life and no matter what I’ve done, no matter how many calories I ate or reps I did at the gym I’ve remained thin. To this day my parents, aunts and uncles tell me that I look sickly and that I should eat more.

I often wonder how it would be like to be able to take off my shirt at the beach without the fear of people judging me. I look at myself in the mirror and wonder how anyone can find me attractive if I can’t even stand looking at myself.