Having a perfect body is great eye candy for everyone else but it doesn't mean shit if you aren't happy. And in many ways, it is an obstacle for true happiness. People go nuts and you aren't sure if they can be trusted.You become an object, not a person.
BDD is very real. I think I used to have it because now when I look at pictures of myself from years ago, I think I looked fantastic. But back then when I looked at the pics, I cringed. I would hate to go to the beach. I would undress and dress quickly in the locker room and never take a shower. I thought people who complmented me were lying. My friends thought I was crazy. I thought they were crazy. I thought I was simply shy.
All that has changed. Somehow, now, when I look at myself, I am very pleased because it is a result of hard work and healthy habits. People respond to me all the time and tell me. I've never looked better.
Validation feels good and honestly I love the attention. But no longer do other people's opinions carry so much weight. Being happy with yourself is the most important thing no matter what you look like. And if you look really good and people throw a lot of shit in your direction, just duck and say to them
"eat your heart out baby"!
So now I am happily making up for lost time!