Josh Peck


“I was always looking for something outside to fix my insides. But I had to learn that whether my life was beyond my wildest dreams or a total mess, it didn’t change how I felt in my mind. I used to have this desire to rewrite my origin story. But it was only in embracing it that I could walk through the other side and transform it into a beautiful silver lining. I spent most of my life dying to be typical. But I grew up with a single mom; I was a musical-theater kid who really had no social status; and I was overweight. Every kid endures teasing, but when you have this thing you can’t hide, it invites extra. It become clear that I was the same head in a new body. I was forced to face the fact that I used food to numb my feelings. I was trying to quiet the voice that told me all the reasons I wasn’t enough. It took me a really long time to love the 15-year-old version of me. But now I understand how strong he was. And by doing my best to break down that false identity I had of myself, I was able to get to the place I was always seeking. As a result of good living, it became a good life.” People Magazine

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