I was standing there in my dress and my thighs were touching beneath the fabric.

They were touching.

I could hear the music swell around me, and I could feel the people on both sides of me, and I just wanted to stop thinking about my thighs.

I just wanted to stop thinking.

But as I started noticing my touching thighs, I started glancing at my stomach that isn’t flat like the girl that stood beside me, which led me to think about how squinty my eyes become when I smile, and maybe that’s why that boy doesn’t like me…

And in that moment, I tried to think about how much weight I needed to lose in order to feel pretty.

In order to feel beautiful.

In order to feel enough.

Because a thigh gap, and a flat stomach, and large blue eyes would make me happy – wouldn’t they?

All of a sudden I felt regret about wearing that stupid dress, and I wished I had worn pants or shorts or anything else – just something so I didn’t have to know the feeling of the graze of one thigh against the other.

I confessed this to my friend, later on that night. 

We as people – girls and boys alike – are constantly thinking we aren’t going to be liked. We constantly think we’ll never be good enough.

“It’s so true,” My friend tells me. “And it’s so sad. And it’s a crippling, all consuming addiction we are both guilty of.”

So can I take a stand on this?

Can WE take a stand on this?

I’m tired of being the thigh gap generation. I am so sick and tired of it. I’m tired of being the ones known for trying to think skinny; the ones who want to be so thin, there may be nothing left to keep us standing upright when the wind blows.

So instead of being the thigh gap generation, I want us to be the we are enough generation.

We can start a movement. We can start the We Are Enough movement.

Okay, so most days I don’t believe I am enough, and I have a feeling most days you don’t believe you’re enough either, but together, can we kick that way of thinking to the curb and finally start to declare it?

We. Are. Enough.

Even when we don’t believe it.

We. Are. Enough.

Even when we can’t see it.

We. Are. Enough.

Even when we feel fat and ugly and stupid and sad.

We. Are. Enough.

You and me and him and her.

We. Are. Enough.

Today, you don’t have to look in the mirror and despise the person who stares back at you. Today, you don’t have to count the calories, or skip meals, or concoct a plan to lose the weight. Today, you don’t have to tell yourself that everyone hates you, because today? you are enough.

And tomorrow? you are enough.

And next Tuesday? you are enough.

You will always be enough.

We will always be enough.


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(Photo by Flóra Soós)

Aliza Latta

I am an aspiring artist, dreamer & adventurer. I'm a 19 year old Canadian girl and I love to write and create. I write on alizanaomi.com and for (in)courage and design for Hashtag Hope. I went to Rwanda last summer for 2 months and fell in love with both Africa and Jesus. Feel free to follow me on twitter and instagram!

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I am an aspiring artist, dreamer & adventurer. I'm a 19 year old Canadian girl and I love to write and create. I write on <a href="http://www.alizanaomi.com">alizanaomi.com</a> and for <a href="http://www.incourage.me">(in)courage</a> and design for Hashtag Hope. I went to Rwanda last summer for 2 months and fell in love with both Africa and Jesus. Feel free to follow me on <a href="http://www.twitter.com/alizalatta">twitter</a> and <a href="http://www.instagram.com/alizalatta">instagram</a>!

8 Comments

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  2. Annie

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    I just wanted to thank you for writing this. I found your site/blog through (in)courage and God knew I needed this today! Thank you for being used by God, because whether it blesses anyone else out there reading it today or not it for sure helped/blessed me 🙂

  3. Reply

    You are gorgeous and talented and most certainly are enough! LOVE this post! Perfect for me and my two daughters who are 11 and 15. Thank you!

  4. Reply

    Yes! and Amen! THIS is what the world needs. The generation changing song that starts with just one voice. Keep singing, sister, for yourself and all to hear. We need this.

  5. Kylie

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    Love this Aliza, you are enough. Needed to hear this message today <3

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