The woman who took these photos, @naomiswood, and I had a really interesting conversation this week. I said that I often used the line 'happiness isn't a destination, it's a journey' and applied it to beauty. I've written that here before. That beauty isn't a thing or a place but that it's an experience. However, Naomi talked about happiness as just another standard we have to meet, and in turn feel bad when we don't meet. 'As long as you're happy'. It's starting to dawn on me that 'beauty standards' aren't just harmful because they're impossible to meet but because it encourages the notion that we HAVE to be beautiful.
I feel so much like the truth of the body positive movement is sinking into my veins. It strengthens every day. The new connections I have with my body actually turned out to encourage disconnections I never imagined. I like to feel 'in' my body, but when it hurts it's okay to be out of it, I still am and I like to feel beauty in my body but when I don't, I'm still comfortable that I am. Because I just am. This is it. This is me. Naked, exposed, in my truth, as I am.