By Linda Kelly, MSW, RSW
Yeah, I’m absolutely one of those jerks on Facebook who is always posting about my wonderful life. You secretly hate me. Admit it.
I post about going running, playing with my dogs, having fun with my kid who always seems to have a great sense of humour, oh, and gratuitous memes.
What you don’t know is that these posts are deliberate. And no, they are not meant to make you feel bad about yourself. In fact, I hope that some of the things I share actually help you along your way, because it is important to me that the newsfeed you see every day is filled with a few more things that make you laugh, make you reflect, or make you feel like you know me well enough to reach out and connect without fearing that I would reject you.
Because I won’t.
Summer is finally here and you have a heightened sense of awareness of the people around you: laughing and soaking up the sun. But not you. You notice how most people appear comfortable in their skin; wearing tank tops and short-shorts while even roaming around the mall. All you can think about is how uncomfortable you feel and how you don’t seem to be as tanned, thin, or toned as most of the people that pass you by.
All you want to do is conceal yourself by wearing baggy sweat clothes. The summer season can feel as though a drill sergeant is following you around, yelling and holding a microscope to every tiny flaw, whether you are female or male.
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