To Cora Rose,
There will come a day when the world seems to stop. On this day, you’ll forget the strength in your arms and the power in your legs. You’ll focus less and less on the incredible things your body can achieve, and forget how intricately and perfectly made you were. There will come a day when your attention is swallowed by the quickly growing monster in your mind that is appearance, and you’ll lose memory of the magic of your ability. For that day, I will be with you.
The world will try to convince you that you are not enough. Not tall enough, not thin enough, not fit enough, not toned enough... it will offer you solutions that seem shiny and easy, and you’ll want to use them. You’re not to blame; if everybody is doing one thing, it’s only natural to want to follow them, right? The only problem with chasing these dreams of becoming ‘enough’, is that they’re empty. You already are enough, and you always will be.
Your body is spectacular. In nine months you’ve gone from being two microscopic cells to a fully grown baby. Your lungs have learnt to breathe on their own, your heart has learnt to pump by itself, your brain has known where to send each individual neuron to it’s allocated home! And this is only what you’ve achieved in nine months. In a few short weeks, your body will descend into my pelvis, and we will begin the dance that is birth. As I sacrifice my comfort and experience unimaginable degrees of pain, I will do so knowing that at the end of it all, the hole in your heart will close and you’ll take your first breath. Your body, while only tiny leaves me in awe, and makes me love you all that much more.
So when the day comes that you look in the mirror and frown in distaste, I want you to remember this...
You have the magic of the universe inside you. You are capable of incredible things and the insecurities the world wants you to have, do nothing but hold you back. You don’t need to look like her to be beautiful, and you don’t need to weigh less than her to be perfect. Your body and shame never need to be mixed.
You are incredible.
You are loved.
Never forget that.