Friday, October 26, 2012

I heart my body... but it's taken a long time to get here

I heart my body.

There! I've said it.

I heart my body.

Hmmm, feels strange to say. Like trying on a new pair of swimmers. Not sure if it fits right away.

I heart my body.

This wasn't true until recently, very recently. In fact, I've always actively hated my body. It has been the main source of a lifetime of feeling defectiveness and shame.

I heart my body.

It feels so good everytime I type out those letters.

I heart my body.

My knock knees, my gummy smile, my rough and bumpy skin, my tuckshop arms. Even my belly which has been an enemy of mine for so long. But now we're friends! Best friends.

I heart my body!

Despite all I've put it through. The thrashing with booze and drugs, the disrespect I showed it with my promiscuity. My body is still working. It still holds me up, moves me from place to place.

I heart my body!

Even when I was at rock bottom and my mind was broken my body made my son. It took in those tiny cells, accepted them, nurtured them and allowed them to grow and thrive. My body gave me life. My baby. My saviour.


I'll shout it from the hilltops!

This body is mine. I will radically accept it for all its flaws. I will love it and treat it with respect and acknowledge it for all it gives me and will continue to give me until the day I die.

Here it is. My body. I heart you.

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Kylie Purtell said...

I heart you! Gorgeous post by a gorgeous woman!

We Heart Life said...

Amazing post. I love it. Made me grin as I read each line.

Thanks for linking up xx

[Carly ~ Creator of WHL]

eccentricess said...

Your Tuckshop arms and My Bingo wings could have a lot in common. ;-)
Our bodies give us so much, and I am glad you are giving yours love. :D

Trish said...

I love the bit ...I will radically accept it for all its flaws . A great mantra to repeat on bad hair days? I love that my body finally pulled off giving my my gorgeous babies , now six year olds. You are gorgeous.

Yolanda Beattie said...

That was incredibly moving, upbeat and inspiring. Love you sis xx

The Babbling Bandit said...

Thank you Yo! You inspire me everyday and have helped me get to where I am today with my self esteem and body image issues. I love you.

The Babbling Bandit said...

Thanks Trish. Radical acceptance is a psych term I learnt in a positive psychology course. I love it because it helps me choose and accept the things I cannot change (those last few words are not mine either, they come from the Serenity Prayer).

The Babbling Bandit said...

Got to love the arms. Thanks for the comment!

The Babbling Bandit said...

Thanks Carly!

The Babbling Bandit said...

Thanks Kylie! I heart you back. :>)

Holly Homemaker said...

Go girl! You should be proud xx

The Babbling Bandit said...

Thanks Holly!

HappeningsOfUs said...

Awesome post, awesome pic!

The Babbling Bandit said...

Thank you!

Lyndal said...

you go girl!! you have worked hard to get here and been on such a journey, you are SUCH an inspiration xxx

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