Life is not a fairy tale and I guess you look different from the Photoshopped images of models and celebrities. Yet, anxiety, strict rules, health problems, etc. can mark your self-image. Florence Gildea shares her experiences so far in Lessons I Have Unlearned Because Life Doesn’t Look Like It Did In The Pictures. She’s blunt on her anorexia, and the devastating effects of films, songs, and advertisements. She became a Christian at age 18, and even then an earthly paradise didn’t descend from heaven. Going through the motions, thinking that effort e.g. hours of prayer, worship, or Bible study matters. No standing on God’s promises as if you can demand Him to serve your selfish goals.
Lots of lessons to learn and unlearn others. Jesus Christ asks us to follow Him: at the end of ourselves, at the foot of the cross, where grace is enough.
About the author
UK-based Florence Gildea became a Christian aged 18 after suffering from severe anorexia as a teenager. She went on to earn a BA in History and an MPhil in Sociology from the University of Cambridge. She tells stories to help other people feel seen, known and loved.