My belly sags. My breasts droop. My thighs have seen firmer days. It’s all proof that I’m a mom, but it’s hard to look in the mirror and love it some days. Especially when I’ve been hanging out with the moms from my daughter’s school. The ones who run triathlons and dress like runway models.
Seeing this fantastic post on Love That Max made me take a second, loving look in my mirror today. She writes about the gorgeous diversity in women’s bodies, in all their curvy, unruly glory. It made me proud of my own well-worn body.
If you haven’t done so already, you should really go look at the gorgeous photos in that post. And when you’re done, come back here and share one thing you love about your own body.
Women’s bodies aren’t pretty toys – we’re alive, and we grow and change with time. There’s nothing to be ashamed of there: we can celebrate our unique beauty at every age and size.
There are myriad ways to appreciate your body: buying yourself a treat like a manicure or a good face cream, looking at yourself with the same forgiving tenderness you’d use on a lover, dressing up a little for no reason.
Seeing women who look like real women held up as beautiful and desirable – or even as people who exist – in media and art helps a lot, too. Blog posts like Love That Max’s do wonders. They don’t come around every day though. When I need a pick-me-up, I often look at vintage movies and magazines. The stars of the past were stunning – and overwhelmingly white and slender, just like stars today – but they had real curves and a healthy roundness to their bodies that’s pretty rare in modern movies.
What helps you love your body? What do you love most about it?
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