“For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again.”
— F. Scott Fitzgerald

Let’s get a few things straight here.

Recovery never was, is, or will be a fast, joy-ride quickly “fixing” you.

Recovery never was, is, or will be a fun time.

Recovery never was, is, or will be just a time of oatmeal, peanut butter, yoga, being healthy, creating artistic masterpieces for food, and completing challenges.

Recovery never was, is or will be all laughs, smiles, optimism, sunshine, sparkles, happiness, hugs, and love.

Recovery never was, is, or will be only about food, weight, scales, calories, and meal plans.

Recovery never was, is, or will be just an easy adventure regaining your life, happiness, and health.

Recovery is hard, really hard.

Recovery is not quick, it may be faster for some, but it will not happen in a day, it’s a journey.

Recovery is a time where it’s okay to struggle, to feel your emotions, to cry, to feel out of control, to get frustrated, to feel sick. And it’s also okay to not.

But don’t think recovery is a fun, wonderful adventure where we all go eat healthy foods and send eachother sweet messages.

It’s not that simple and the ones who still fight against this disease, you are very strong and brave.

Because recovery never is, was, or will be as simple as checking yourself into treatment and being fixed in a month.

Recovery always was, is, and will be extremely hard, but it always was, is, and will be extremely worth it.

The distance between your thighs has nothing to do with your self worth

The degree to which your collar bones stick out has nothing to do with your beauty

The number of your ribs you can see has nothing to do with your strength

The appearance of your spine has nothing to do with your accomplishments

The pointedness of your shoulders has nothing to do with how lovable you are

You are more than your body and your bones are just bones, not accomplishments

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