Photographs by Kriti Mamgain.

Close your eyes for a few seconds and think about who criticises you the most. Think hard about the name that came to your head. Now ask yourself, is it really them? Or is it you? Now that you think about it, you feel that it’s true right? I could be generally incorrect but for me it’s true. Over the years I have realised that no one has been as harsh on me as I have been on myself.

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I think it comes naturally to us humans, self criticism. While we go out of our way to be kind to others, we forget to be kind to ourselves. Don’t get me wrong, self awareness is good, but, looking at yourself as one huge flaw is extremely unhealthy and untrue.

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Do you really think that we notice that one mark you have on your forehead in that selfie or that stretch mark on your thigh? No, we are busy noticing how beautiful your smile is and how amazing you are. It’s YOU, you are the one who is failing to see that.

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Why are we so hell bent on making ourselves feel miserable? Because of some cellulite? Being unhappy because of some extra fat is a luxury that the majority of our population cannot afford.

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It’s important to be the best version of ourselves both physically and mentally, and it doesn’t come at the cost of our happiness. If it does, we are chasing the wrong thing.

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I wish you could see yourself the way I see you, you are beautiful.

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And now, if you are wondering the point behind these images with this article – I’ve always been very conscious of my lower body. I didn’t like it much but then I decided to be kind to myself and did this shoot.

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Now, here is the interesting bit: if you couldn’t make the connection between this article and these images till I told you about my insecurity (read – if you don’t notice the thunder in my thighs), I have successfully proved my point.

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