This is stretch-marks. Not imperfections, not tiger-stripes, not glittery stripes, not stripes that ’I’ve earned’. It’s not ’lightning bolts to prove that I am a powerful force of nature’.
IT IS STRETCH-MARKS.
Nothing more, nothing less.
Why do we have to make it into something that it’s not for us to be able to accept it as a part of our body?
I’m honestly sick and tired of how we feel the need to sugar-coat every little thing about our bodies to be able to accept it.
A body does not need to be defined as beautiful to be worthy - it’s a body.
It does not have to be catogerized - it’s a body.
It does not have to be polarized as good or bad - it’s a body.
I find it extremely problematic that we feel the need to constantly define everything as good or bad, beautiful or ugly, worthy or not. It takes away our ability to live freely. If you feel beautiful you will always fear becoming ugly - when you see yourself as ugly you’ll constantly strive to become more beautiful. It is a never-ending cycle and it’s not going to stop if we continue to play the game of polarization - it is not going to end as long as we project our internal beliefs onto our bodies.
I don’t ’love my stripes’ since I don’t love my body because of HOW IT LOOKS. That is minimizing my body into mere a picture - which it is not. You cannot describe a body through a picture - the surface does not tell you everything, as all the depths and layers, about the actual body. It is making our body so much less than what it is as for example all the cells that is continuously working together to keep us alive.
And so can we please stop making cellulites, stretch-marks and apparent ’imperfections’ into the opposite of what we’ve always been told - trying to make it into something ’beautiful’ instead of something ’ugly’ - to compensate as a means to find self-acceptance.
Can’t we just let our bodies BE? And let them BE just as they are, without having to put glitter on our stripes to ’Make them beautiful’?
As long as one side of the polarization is allowed, as ’beautiful’, the other side will inevatible remain - as ’ugly’. And our bodies are not just one or the other - our bodies are bodies.