Simply Shreya: Every single word


Morgan Kong

Wingspan's Shreya Jagan shares her personal take on issues and experiences in her weekly column Simply Shreya.

Shreya Jagan, Staff Reporter

We’re all given one life to live, and what’s the point of that life if we aren’t kind to everyone and don’t treat people with the love they deserve?

Body shaming is when somebody makes harsh criticisms about someone else’s body or size and it’s not uncommon. 

It happens all the time, and sometimes it’s hidden so well that most of the times, we don’t even notice it. It can range from just leaving comments about a person’s weight, their stamina, or their look, to blatantly damaging that person’s self esteem by outright destroying who they are.

A lot of the times, people that have insecurities whether it be about their own body or not, take their sadness and hatred out on others. It’s this thought of mind that if you can make someone else feel bad about themselves, and you think that you’re better than them, then it makes you feel better. But, truly, how do we gain anything by tearing others apart? 

Every single word has meaning. 

Every single word that we say that is hurtful, can change a life. 

It can create insecurities in a person that they didn’t have before, and it can crush them. 

Every single word we say has a voice. 

And it’s up to us if that voice is going to build others up or break them apart. 

Everybody is insecure about something. And it may take time to build up the courage to love yourself. But don’t let the words of others take you away from what makes you, you.

Each person is different. We are all perfect in our own way. Our bodies are not flaws. 

They are representations of who we are, and it is something to cherish, not hide. Be proud and strong. Because there isn’t a single thing that needs changing.