Body positivity: A love letter to my body

Dear body,

Thank you for loving me, even in times when I was unkind to you.

Thank you for sticking by me, even when I put you through things you didn’t deserve. 

When I was a young girl, you were my best friend.

Mom used to tell me every day how much you were beautiful and perfect. 

Then, when I turned 12, the innocent light in which I saw you started to fade away.

You started to develop breasts, and decided to let the periods come. Suddenly, the world became unkind to me because I existed in you.

 

Adolescence was a turbulent time for you and me.

Change was happening so rapidly, and we struggled to find our place in the world.

I felt that the bullying that I was experiencing was your fault.

I started to hate you. 

 

I hated the fact that you allowed pimples to invade my face. You made me ugly. 

I hated your light in complexion black skin. I was never black enough in the black community, or white enough to be accepted in the white community. 

I hated the coily texture of your hair. I wanted it straight, silky and beautiful. 

I hated your thin physique. Boys would pay no attention to me because I didn’t have big curves and thighs.

 

So, I piled on the make-up to hide the pimples. 

I used self-tanning lotion to try and darken my skin. 

I doused my hair with chemical relaxers to get it straight and silky.  

But every time I plucked up the courage to look into the mirror, I felt ugly and worthless. 

 

In my 20s, I became ashamed of you. 

You became the site of sexual harassment and body shaming.

I hid you away in baggy clothes, hoping to deter harassers and escape from being a woman. 

 

This broke my heart because the pain wouldn’t go away. 

Why was I born in you?

Why was I stuck with you? 

Why does the world hate you so much?

 

I then began questioning all that I had believed about you. 

What would say if I told that what society said about you was untrue? 

What would happen if I looked in the mirror and saw you as God’s masterpiece? 

 

Here’s the truth about you. 

You are healthy. 

You are beautiful. 

You are enough. 

I will take better care of you from this day going forward. 

I choose to love you, and I’ll do right by you until my last day on earth.

 

*image from Pexels.

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