Brave Young Burn Victims Urge Us to 'Be Comfortable in Your Own Skin'
Having a positive body image as a kid can be hard enough, without having any significant challenges to deal with, like being a burn survivor. But as a group of children who attended "burn camp" with others who "happens to have scars," confronting the world after their injuries is, simply, reality.
In a new Facebook video presented by Bio-Oil, we meet several brave young people who could teach adults a thing or two about loving themselves no matter what they look like, and feeling comfortable in their own skin.
As one child attending Camp Nah Nah Mah in Salt Lake City, Utah, explains, he always gets this question wherever he goes: "What happened to you?" But instead of feeling hurt or upset, he says he doesn't mind answering them. In fact, his message to others in his situation is to remember, "No matter how you look, you will always be beautiful on the inside."
Still, these children have been confronted with name-calling, as well as subtle social cues from their peers that make them feel different, such as someone saying, "I don't want to sit next to you."
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We can all relate to the feeling that we aren't quite good enough, or that we are different, whether we are young or older. And that's why you must share this video. Because if a child who has been burned can feel comfortable in his or her own skin, everyone can.
As one child says about what he wants other burn survivors to know, "Your scars aren't ugly. You're beautiful." The same can be said for us all.
In honor of these brave children, and the World Burn Congress, which runs today through October 22, please consider sharing this inspiring video. For every share in the month of October, Bio-Oil will donate $1 (up to $25,000) to The Phoenix Society, the leading nonprofit organization for burn survivors.
Melissa Willets is a writer/blogger and a mom. Find her on Facebook where she chronicles her life momming under the influence. Of coffee.