Looking at this weeks prompts for Wellness Wednesday one stood out to me, “Why I love my body“, good question I thought, it left me asking myself “do I love my body?” and if the answer is NO, then why not? If the answer is YES, then why do I? Now as you know (just by the name of my website), I am a reflective person, and this weeks topic left me doing some serious reflecting! (Is that a good thing? Do I want to sit and reflect on how I feel about my body? Would you?)
If you are unsure what ‘Wellness Wednesday’ is click here. Now stop for a moment, and think, how do you feel about your body? Could you answer this question without being hard on yourself? I am seriously asking you, yes you reading this, “Do YOU like your body?” And “What do you like about it?” Here’s a peaceful image, just take a moment and reflect . . .
My initial response is ‘yes’ I do love my body, it’s not a YES!!!!! But it is a yes, and I guess in some ways my answer doesn’t surprise me, yet in other ways it does, let me explain. I think at 38 I am more comfortable in my own skin than ever before, I guess you could say I’ve had a love/hate relationship with my body since I was a child. I am sure many of you will relate.
Image of Mackenzie
For me though my true body image issues started when I miscarried our first, and then second pregnancy, I felt like my body had failed me, that it had failed my mind, my soul, my maternal desires, everything in my body ached for a child and yet when we were at the hospital, my unborn baby bleeding out of my body I felt completely betrayed by my body. After the second miscarriage I stopped ovulating and I felt even more betrayed and let down.
My point is there have been times where I haven’t loved my body, times where I felt my body had completely betrayed me and let me down, I had a third miscarriage, I had trouble breastfeeding all my children, and I had heart problems with my third pregnancy which ultimately led to me having to give birth via a c-section with my son, these were all things I felt guilty about, that I was mad at my body about. But I guess like with most situations in life you can’t see them as only black and white.
Whatever issues you have with your body, weight, height, wrinkles, scars, stretch marks, acne, grey hair, we need to realise that these individual elements we don’t like are not who we are as a whole. We are also our smile, the way our eyes light up, we are our curves, the cute little dimple on our cheek, the scattering of freckles across our nose, our curvaceous butt, our sexy legs, we are that cute little beauty spot, or that lone freckle on our toe. We are long eyelashes, a swish of our hair, we are a map, a story, a life lived, a life we are still living. Be proud, love your body, instead of naming the things you don’t like, name those you do!
A 43 year old girlfriend of mine admitted that on a recent overseas trip she was walking around the pool in her swimsuit and thought to herself, “yep, I’ve still got a really nice butt”! Good on her!
Sometimes life doesn’t go according to our plans, we feel like we have let ourselves down, perhaps feel our bodies have betrayed us, but we are here, we are strong, we are battlers, we are beautiful and we are entitled to love our bodies, and to be proud of how awesome we are!
Thanks for joining me, love Mackenzie xx
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