By Shelby Holton
"May all your troubles soon be gone.
Curled up in a fuzzy blanket on the couch, I sip hot chocolate from a snowman mug, and laugh as my sisters decorate our Christmas tree. As I stare into the twinkling lights, I am lit up with hope for the future, imagining each light as a reason to fight for recovery. Enchanted by the symbolic lights, I imagine a holiday where I am not concerned about the curves that hug my body, the calories in the foods I eat, or when I will next be able to run.
“I wish you a hopeful Christmas,
I wish you a brave new year.”
(Greg Lake, I Believe in Father Christmas)
Shelby Holton is a gymnastics and tumbling coach, and a student at Texas State University, where she studies Creative Writing and Psychology. She is passionate about the power of spoken word poetry and eating disorder awareness. Shelby finds sanctuary in yoga, healing her body and mind one headstand at a time.