Cover Photo: Photograph by Pablo Heimplatz/Unsplash
Photograph by Pablo Heimplatz/Unsplash

The Weight of Words: Self-Acceptance Doesn’t Have to Be a Solo Journey

I don’t want my self-worth to hinge on a relationship. But vulnerability is a practice, and for me, it has been a valuable one.

The clothes that had once dangled off my skinny frame were now too snug, the fabric stretched too tight across my body. She told me to wait while she came back with some larger sizes, shirts from the teens section.

Fat bitchpigfatasswhale. Your crush will never like you,

How could this be?

still

13 Going on 30


Nicole Zhu is a writer and developer based in New York. She works on Chorus at Vox Media and co-hosts Sweet and Sour, a podcast about the intersections of Asian American identity with culture, work, and lifestyle. Find her on Twitter @nicolelzhu.