Bodies

We all have bodies; big, small, young, old, with cellulite, stretch marks, scarred, etc. Fact is, everyone’s body is different; and that’s perfectly ok. You do not have to look as though you just stepped off the pages of a magazine. Such notions often lead to unrealistic expectations that chip away at one’s self esteem. It is wholly unrealistic for a mother of four to look like a 16 year old model with no children ,a 60 year old woman to have no wrinkles and look like a young woman, or a 70 year old man to have the physique of a 30 year old. I must say, I am all but FANATIC about my health. I take vitamins every day, juice, drink protein shakes and smoothies, barely eat sugar (I am extremely obnoxious sometimes!) and even I have marks and dings. I have scars and brandings on my arms from my youth; crow’s feet and wrinkles on my forehead, my chest is not what it used to be; I am not an adolescent!

In my youth, I wholeheartedly believed I was supposed to look an act a certain way, as others saw fit. In my mind, I was simply living up to standards set for me by society. At some point, however, I spun out of control and my quest for perfection became an all-out struggle for survival. Many men, women, and adolescents are under the impression they have to appear a certain way for society to accept them. It is the responsibility of each person, as members of said society; to accept each other (flaws and all) unconditionally. Often times, I will be sitting at a table when I am out in public, with my walker out of sight. Once I stand up and retrieve my walker, I find people react to me differently than they did before they realized I had one. What of the man with wrinkles and glasses , the woman with the large behind, the child with scars on their face, individuals with no hair, people with prosthetic limbs, underweight individuals, etc. Are these people any less deserving of love from the world? I would resoundingly say no, they’re not. They are human beings, maybe not perfect, but just as deserving as the rest of us. The responsibility to be kind and loving towards all lies with each of us. Don’t let the world determine your kindness.

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Hi Arlen. I very much enjoyed reading your blog. Really helped me get out of myself today.