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From this point forward
I will not stand
to be unhappy
any longer.
I will not stand
to be broken down,
broken apart,
broken-hearted.
From this point forward
my success does not depend
on my waistline
and my strength does not depend
on my weakness.
My biggest fear is not
the nutrition label.
From this point forward
I will not worry those
who love me.
I will not look at those
with hip bones
and rib cages
and be jealous.
I will not be afraid
to eat the birthday cake
you made me.
I will not measure
every morsel as if
any more would make
it poison.
From this point forward
food is not my enemy
and Ana is not my friend.
Size zero is not beautiful
and 90 pounds is not ideal.
I am no longer
enslaved by my scale
and it is not an awful day
when I weigh enough
to donate blood.
From this point forward
the only things coming
out of my mouth will be
words.
I will no longer be called
Disgraceful,
Disgusting,
Distasteful.
From this point forward
I am
Inspired,
Indestructable,
Independent.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.





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jessica marie said...
Feb. 8, 2009 at 3:02 pm:
i didnt know there were so many talented people in this world. i love this, i wish i could wrote like this.

i hope you dont mind. i am going to write this down and put it on my wall to remind me.
 
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gryffindor12 said...
Feb. 7, 2009 at 5:41 pm:
Omg , I love this .
 
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francheezy said...
Feb. 7, 2009 at 5:30 am:
This is beautiful.
 
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SkaterGurl17 said...
Feb. 6, 2009 at 9:46 pm:
amazing! so many girls can get something outta this! i love it!!

Good Job<3
 
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pshiwish said...
Feb. 4, 2009 at 4:16 am:
Omigawsh. That was incredible. So relatable, especially considering that I have gone through the same types of feelings and the same emotions. Well written. Well done.
 
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xCblue44x said...
Feb. 3, 2009 at 4:28 pm:
This is amazing. Enough said...
 
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Kayla said...
Jan. 31, 2009 at 3:09 pm:
that was written well it was serious but very very good. I love it
 
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anna grace said...
Jan. 30, 2009 at 1:08 am:
This paper was heart-breaking to read. A lot is true, but the author can't say all zoos are like that. There are good zoos and bad zoos, it depends. And also sometimes the animals can't live in the wild for some reason. But I its true that we imprison animals for our entertainment; it makes you-or at least me-feel ashamed. The zoo business is an endless bad cycle. Animals are caught, bred and then what? How do we send them off?
I think that the author should go to the Wild An... (more »)
 
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