Loving the Body you have

Guy, Girl, Trans, Gay, Straight, every ethnicity and race, we all have a body; we have the one we have and the one we wish we did. Not a day goes by where I don’t see a magazine cover, a tweet, a news story, Pinterest, Facebook or Instagram post on, you guessed it, getting the body of your dreams, the perfect thigh gap, the six pack abs…. It is exhausting. Have you ever wandered through an art gallery and looked at the amazing array of bodies that make up fine art, if you haven’t you should! Bodies are art, some are muscular, some are soft, some have scars, some are missing pieces, their colors range from pale peach, to dark mahogany, some contain ink and piercings, others are needle free, some have given birth, while others have been ravaged by disease yet, they are all beautiful.

You might not agree with me, but have you ever seen images of a mother after giving birth, or a woman after a mastectomy, a combat veteran who has lost a limb, a cancer survivor with scars post surgery...we have, and it proves to us how resilient, how strong, how gorgeous every body is. Look online for portraits of those who aren’t instagram perfect, those with scars on their bodies and hearts and view them with the eye of an artist. What we hope you see is the power of loss and rebirth, the claiming of what their body has been through, The power of showcasing their bodies for all to see, is art and beauty in its highest form.

This week’s Life Hack comes to you just as Summer is kicking off, where the clothes get shorter as the temperatures rise. There is the requisite bathing suit shopping where our Fall, Winter, and Spring Body is put on display under lights and mirrors and we either say, YAY or NAY. Our amazing body is now judged, harshly at times, because we gaze into the mirror and see all our flaws lit up under bright lights and we compare them to an image of a younger us, a pre-baby us, a pre illness us, a picture on social media; the yardstick of which the world seemingly tells us we should attain to. Pause for a second and let’s ask, “WHY?” Why should we have to look like anyone other than what we look like right now?

We can always attain to a healthier version of ourselves, stronger even, but we should all be “Body Positive Activists.” I happen to love this new buzz header, the people and celebrities that wear this title are so POSITIVE, they write empowering articles, wear clothes that they LIKE instead of what society says they should wear, they are gloriously teaching a whole generation of children, teens and yes, even adults to love the skin they are in.

One such Body Activist we came across goes by the name ‘your fat friend’ @yrfatfriend twitter, she is brilliant and frankly comes across as the wise protector we all wish we had, and now can! We hope you all walk away from reading this and say, “this body of mine is pretty awesome,” or at the very least you resolve to work on loving yourself a little more, extending some grace to yourself and aim to write some body positive messages on your mirrors.

Here are two to start:

“How beautiful would it be if we could just see souls instead of bodies? To see love and compassion instead of curves.”
-Karen Quan, Write like no one is reading 2

My Body is Amazing, it is wonderful, and while it isn’t perfect, it is mine, TODAY is a GREAT DAY to be ME and ALIVE (SG Wisdom).

Keep working towards greatness,
Team SG

Comments

Happy49's picture

It's taken me a while to get to the point of being body positive and wanting a healthier version of myself. I think I'm there. I'm okay with my body, but can see room for improvement. There no longer this huge obsession with being super skinny. I still want to lose weight, but on the way there, I'm okay with myself.

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