From the beginning of the humanity there are always some forms of beauty standards. Blondness, whiteness, colorful eyes,full lips etc. were accepted as the decisive for beauty and most people even have surgeries to accepted more beautiful by society.
And now there is a new movement called body positivity. It’s a phrase that has been going around for a while now. There are hundreds of illustrations, articles etc. about it. Maybe you want to understand the phrase more, or maybe you think you think you’re excluded from it because of the way you feel. So let’s start with the meaning of it.
Body positivity is the idea of acceptance and praise of any type of body. It’s about being happy with the body you’re in and deciding about what makes you happy and how you feel about yourself. It is the understanding that there are bodies in any shape, size and type.
Contrary to popular belief, body positivity is not only about being fat or celebrating big bodies even though the roots of this movement can be found in the fat acceptance movement which fights the stigma against only thin bodies are the good ones.But the movement has been broadened to accepting all. It’s about praising all kind of them. Male, female, too small, too big, having scars, having birth marks, not having all the body parts, having big breasts or not having them at all. We have to understand that not all people has the same type of body and not everyone has to live up to these standards set by our society. There's nothing wrong with wanting to look "good"; just make sure it's your own version of "good" and not someone else's, because that someone else is making a mint off you. We’re all humans , we all have flaws but thats whats makes us beautiful, just the way we are. We have to own it, we have to accept it! We should not let our minds bully us.
So join the body positivity movement, be yourself and remember this quote from Kelsey Silver ; “You are imperfect and yet those imperfections like any great work of art are what makes you a masterpiece.”
President of Omega Group of Agora Leo Club
Beach Cleanups are fun.
Last Wednesday, the 6th of September our club had organized a beach cleanup and it was commendable to see that so many people turned up on a Wednesday morning sacrificing their sleep and took the responsibility on their own shoulders.
The beach cleanup was fun and it seemed like we were making a difference and that made me feel really good about myself.
Back in 2015, a lawyer named Afroz Shah, after nearly two years of picking up garbage converted the Versova beach from a shithole to a mesmerizing beach.
This cleanup drive had slowly turned into a big movement and in total they removed a staggering 11 million pounds of trash from the beach and its surroundings.
Want to hear something depressing though?
Thats about half the garbage this city produces in one day.This is really a serious problem and we all ought to do something about it.
Its not like there are no ways to treat the waste. Of course there is Recycling, incineration in plants , converting them to fuel and some more. The problem is that there is only one incineration plant near dumping ground of Deonar where the mountains of waste keep getting bigger and bigger as our waste production increases. Also not to forget incineration should be our last resort as it produces toxic gases which are proven to cause cancer related disease as well as harm our lungs badly.
The MCGM is surely trying to cope up with the garbage problem but as the population increases the waste increases and it seems to be growing on an exponential scale.
So the real solution would be not to generate so much waste in the first place! We need to integrate it to the household level and make everyone aware about this crisis. The household level segregation of dry waste and wet waste must be implemented by all individuals, housing societies, offices so that waste does not end up in landfills but is processed and reused.
Leo Akshay Shah
Social Media Head,
Leo Club Of Juhu.
"Here's to the strong women. May we be them, may we know them and may we raise them." This is what struck me when I saw these girls at Save The Children, India.
Their lives revolved around each other. It is said that blood is thicker than water and we witnessed the same. The girls we met were previously trafficked and then rescued and put into shelter homes. And no matter what they have gone through, the smiles on their faces were wider than the perpetual flow of the ocean. They have each other and that is all they need. When we gave them hygiene kits, half-stitched cloth materials, jewellery making boxes and sewing kits, they taught us the true value of gratefulness.
We are blessed with several things but, we never fail to grumble. They were satisfied with the little things they have. Majorly, we saw that if we have even one person to count on at the end of the day, we are more than blessed. However, some of us fail to realise that. These girls were strong and fierce and above all, supported each other. They dream and they don't fear to dream. And they're rigorously working towards that dream. They inspired each one of us to not only dream but, the motivation to work towards it. And truly, there is no force equal to a woman determined to rise from the ashes of a Phoenix. There is nothing more rare and beautiful than a woman unapologetically being herself and comfortable with her imperfections. That, is the true essence of beauty.
Leo Shaili Shah
Project Head of Save The Children India Project