Why I Love My Body
Oh my gosh! Dang, here's another something telling me to love my body. The lumps, the rolls, the bags under my eyes, the leaky bladder, the corns on my toes, my not so symmetrical facial structure, ..REALLY! Yep that is what I used to think every time I read an article. One thing I've figured out is that some things cannot be changed and some things can be changed, and I will love, embrace and accept myself anyway. You can make your own list, but here's a couple of my own:
I love my body because:
It fought enough to survive an attempted suicide at 17
It allowed me to carry and experience the birth of 5 babies and watch them grow up to become extradinary people
It can make me laugh when I try to twerk (inside joke)
It has fought a rare kidney disease and stayed in remission for almost 3 years now
It helped me work 96 hours a week, 2 to 3 jobs, go to college full time 7 days a week and still be sane as a single mom of 5 children after a divorce
It allowed me to continue to push past myself and help others
It allowed me to enjoy midnight birthday parties (family tradition)
It allowed me get out of the car and dance at red lights with my kids
It, no matter how dark the circles around my eyes, they have allowed me to see the beauty in this world and in people
It allows me to have fun, explore and appreciate this world and all the different cultures that's represented in it
It survived a stroke and anxiety to become a calm but confident person not looking left or right to compare but truly love "me"
It allows me to continue to enjoy the ever learning process of life and find my place in this world
Self Care isn't just about how you look on the outside, it really starts on the inside. Going to the places and accepting and loving those things and feelings about ourselves that we keep hidden. Celebrate your body, love it, embrace it and acknowledge all the hard work it does for you each day. Can definitely live with it, but can't live without it!