To be accepted for who you are no matter what.
No matter how fast or slow you ran. No matter how much body fat you had. These people changed what worth meant for you. You did not feel the need to measure up any longer. And from that point on in 2014 you found it safe to start publicly sharing the secret that kept you hindered for so long.
For a while you could only say “body image issues”. Eating disorder was too tough and you were afraid. But each opportunity to share became freedom from deep wounds trying to heal. It wasn’t easy and still isn’t easy, because sharing about hard things take courage. Transparency has changed you. Your recovery journey has been long, but worth the fight. You’re so much more than just a runner.
And here you are: recovered, healthy, and happy. Years of counseling sessions and sharing has gotten you here, but the journey never stops. With that became a strong desire and passion to change the culture that changed you. To provide the opportunity for athletes to speak about the topics that are tough. To address the issues that many face as college athletes. And that’s how the F.L.Y. Movement came to fruition.
The F.L.Y. Movement & Megan Marshall
To validate each individual’s story. To encourage the current and future athletes like you. To preserve the joy that their sport brings. And to build up healthy and safe team environments for athletes to prosper in while competing.
According to Megan Marshall “Each individual plays an important part on a team including the coaches and staff. Imagine a culture where everyone is invested in the well-being of their teammates. Where there is no weakness in adversity.”
It is always easier to share about the good things in life. To post about the successes you have had. To show off your six-pack abs. But where is the truth in that? All the flaws, injuries, bad days, and issues that we have make us who we are, and they are gifts in disguise. To accept them is gold.
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