So this is me, at 59, as close as the camera can get. I have spent many years beating myself up over every slight imperfection in my face and body, and now it is time to show myself some grace and gratitude. My body has survived cancer, divorce, panic attacks, breakups, moves, jobs, school, COVID, skin cancer, aging, and so much more. I have scars, sagging skin, cellulite, wrinkles, less full eyelashes and brows, teeth that have shifted, a sagging neck, wrinkled eyes, and joints that creak when I sit. (my New Year's resolution is not to say 'ooph' when I sit down or stand up).
For many years I wanted to get rid of the scars from my breast and skin cancers, but now I have grown to love them, just as I have grown to love the stubborn fat on my belly, the sudden creped skin around my elbows and knees, and the popping up of sun spots from slathering myself in baby oil in the 80's.
What all of these things represent is a life lived. a life full of experiences and a life that has been nothing short of exciting. I would not go back to my 20s for all the money in the world, and that is the only way I would be able to have skin that looks like I am that age, so I have come to terms with the fact that all of these things are signs that I am actually alive! I have known so many women who have passed from breast cancer, and I hear them in my head every time I start to criticize myself, what they would give to have the luxury of aging, to have all that is going on in my body. I want to honor and respect that above all else. Aging is a privilege, and so many of us forget that.
This year, I will honor my body by treating it with kindness, love, and forgiveness. I will feed it as best I can, push it to do things my brain won't want to do, and try to make it laugh as much as possible, even if it is only laughing at myself!
I will surround myself with people I love, who love me, I will try and put things into perspective when I feel anxious, and I will thank my lucky stars every day that my body is healthy.
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Take a moment today and thank yourself for getting you to where you are today. You deserve it.