The physical standard of beauty imposed by our society over the years has undoubtedly left a negative impact on many women. Should you find yourself in need of a calming voice, here’s a reminder of why you are forever beautiful, inside and out.
In a sea of persecuting waters, we often find ourselves treading. We, mothers, daughters, sisters, whose bodies and hearts are subject to the harsh storms of judgment. Although our bodies have the potential to create the most beautiful miracles, we find ourselves ridiculed, clothed often in a blanket of shame and disgrace with marks of infirmity.
Years may have passed, and suddenly you cannot remember the last time you felt comfortable in your own skin. Body shaming becomes the common chatter in your head, and the reflection in the mirror begs for mercy as you scrutinize, agonize over flaws that only your eyes can see.
Though society might impose an artificial standard of beautiful, it is within ourselves where true beauty is found.
Every stretch mark, every curve and freckle and wrinkle, every gray hair or birthmark or dimple – there is nothing that can recreate the uniqueness of your beauty. Though we may be continually subject to a one-sided perception of what is lovely and what is beautiful, it is in fact exactly what makes up you.
We will fight it, yes. We will take aggressive measures to improve and alter, forcing a mold that we were perhaps never meant to fit. And we find that our self-worth and acceptance are so easily tangled and enmeshed with body image.
“If only I was thinner,”
“If only I were taller.”
“If only I looked different.”
If only you could see what depths of beauty you exude.
In a world that so harshly judges and demands perfection, allow yourself to live at peace with your body, mind, and soul. For it is in our ever-changing skin that we are metamorphosing, building in ourselves a capacity for love and grace. It is only then when the wearing of our body will give rise to the charismatic soul that has loved, received love,
And will continue to love.
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Crystal Karges, MS, RDN, IBCLC is a San Diego-based private practice dietitian helping others embrace their health for themselves and their loved ones. Focusing on maternal/child health and eating disorders, Crystal creates the nurturing, safe environment that is needed to help guide individuals towards a peaceful relationship with food and their bodies.