I’ve been Exposed
I’ve been everything from a size 4 to an 18. I bore a child. I’ve had plastic surgery. I’ve weighed daily and hardly ever at all. I’ve binged. I’ve fasted. For most of my life, I’ve been consumed with nothing but disdain for my body.
I may carry too much weight for some and be too thin for others. For some reason I always cared what others thought. Actually… let me rephrase that… I always feared what others thought. Call it age, call it wisdom, but I FINALLY figured out what I look like is irrelevant and what THEY think, even more so. How I feel is much, much, more important.
It’s taken me a really, REALLY long time to realize this and sometimes I still need to remind myself.
I asked others to do the same and I had tears of joy when they did. I can not represent all different bodies, shapes and sizes. I am just one. But collectively WE are the everyday woman. WE are the “normal”. WE are the “average”. Why? because we are. It’s as simple as that. I’m here to spread a message that WE ARE the norm NOT what the media is spewing in our direction.
I ended my post with this…
This is it. This is me. And as I work on accepting myself through this blog as I always have I hope to inspire you. If you have a blog do an “Exposed” post. Make a positive statement about your body. Get your readers to do the same. Imagine a world where the everyday body became the visual norm NOT what we see in magazines. Imagine growing up in a world where a young girl can see her body in a positive role model that didn’t focus on negativity about that body as they compare it to some absurd cultural norm but instead sees someone that looks like them and loves themselves unconditionally.
Maybe I’m being naive but I think this can work. I think this can make a difference. And as I write this with tears streaming down my face I know that this is what I needed to do for me.
I know it’s hard but now it’s your turn. Why do YOU love your body? What do you love about it? Are you willing to expose yourself?
Here are the women who answered so far…
and the woman who inspired me…
So I ask the WATRD community… Are you willing to expose yourself? You don’t have to do it publicly. Stand in a mirror and do it privately. It doesn’t matter as long you recognize that your body is so much more then how it looks.
If you blog and decide to do your own “Exposed” post please leave the link it in the comments. You have no idea how many women you can and will inspire to love themselves.