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I started coming here after the first prison clinic stay because Dr. N. Parker is a scam artist specialist in crazy teenagers troubled adolescents. I opened my mouth during the first couple of visits and gave her a key to open my head. Ginormous mistake. She brought her lantern and a hard hat and lots of rope to wander through my caves. She laid land mines in my skull that detonated weeks later.

 

- Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

 

Today, it really hit me how destructive or culture can be. Too often, our worth is measured by the numbers on the scale or the inches around our waists. It chains us to self-doubt and misery, it tells us that if we aren't society's ideal prototype, we don't deserve to be loved.

 

Here's the truth:

You are beautiful, and you are loved.

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Taken on February 11, 2011