We Are All the Same

by: Ashley Roman

I think about and write about women's issues mostly: body image, weight, stress, anxiety, etc. I write about this from a woman's perspective because, well, that's the only one I have. I live it every day. I figure because I am female, many other females are most likely experiencing the same things I am.

It was brought to my attention this week that I have been ignoring a huge issue. Men struggle with a lot of the same things!

It breaks my heart to hear of a man struggling with weight issues- to hear of a man degrading his worth based on his appearance and idea of himself. It breaks my heart but it also makes me smile. It makes me smile because it's such a great reminder that we are all the same. We are all humans sharing the same human experience. Male or female, doesn't matter. We are not alone! You are not alone!

I want to apologize to any man out there reading this. It's easy for me to write from my own perspective, and I will probably continue to do so, but I will keep in mind and try to include your side of the story.

Please share your side of the story.

Men need to talk about these issues more often as well.

Guys, open up with somebody. Talking can be such a great form of healing. YOU are awesome. YOU should not base your value on what you look like or how you feel about yourself. You don't have to have George Clooney sex appeal and Channing Tatum abs to find a woman who will love you right where you are. In fact, you don't even need a woman to love you to have value. It's hard to live in the truth. I know you are facing messages from the media every day just like I am.

We can all be perfect in our imperfections together.