This is a link up to She Loves Magazine that came across my Twitter yesterday. The idea is for women to write a love letter to their bodies and share. So here is mine.
I am a woman. I am a daughter and a sister. I am a mother.
I would rather be me than a super model with poor self esteem.
Growing up, thankfully I had fairly healthy self esteem.
No thanks to my would be model of a best friend. She was tall and very shapely to my shorter more awkward stage in middle school when we were changing into teenagers.
Surprisingly what helped me was ease dropping on and listening to what boys were saying about us budding beauties.
Standing next to my tall shapely friend with the high cheek bones I felt like the kid sister even though I am a month older.
Still what I realized the boys were saying amongst themselves was that they had crushes on multiple girls for a myriad of reasons.
Those same girls disdained or disqualified the very things the boys liked about them. I decided not to get caught up in it all.
When all was said and done I developed into a proportional hour glass shape. No part of me by itself is overly sexy.
All together however I am a grown woman capable of all that women were put on earth to do. That makes me sexy.
I am a great friend. I give good hugs. I have been reasonably healthy all these 30+ years. I bore a baby girl and nursed her for two years. It changed my body but that is normal and to be expected.
I have "dimples and scars" but I feel great. I am wearing my age well and managing my weight. What more could I reasonably ask for?
I would have colored and sized me completely differently. I was not consulted at the genetic level.
None of us were. I wish more women would accept this so we could more forward together.
My mother did diets and pills a bit in my younger years but I never fell into that track.
Part of this would be connected to my paternity. The rest is just about nutrition information and activity.
Having faith means I know my value flows from the inside out.
Whatever my externals, the point of life is to work on the heart mind and soul for growth and maturity over time.