I’ve learned this concept during my lifetime … to love your imperfect body.
As a female, living with a massive scar down my chest, I’ve learned to appreciate my body and not focus on my imperfect body.
Imagine being a teenage girl and living with a huge, red scar down your chest. That was me! Yes, it would sometimes dictate what I wore and how I felt but I learned to appreciate it … and the meaning behind my perfect, imperfect body.
I was born with VSD, Ventricular Septal Defect. What that means, I was born with a hole in my heart which causes the heart to pump harder to deliver enough oxygen to the body. Sometimes the hole closes on it’s own but mine did not. My doctors decided I needed to undergo Open Heart Surgery when I was 8 years old.
My scar looks a thousand times better now than it did when I was younger. It was red and large when I was a teenager. I guess it was during that time when I realized my life and good health were more important than an ugly scar. Although … I didn’t see it as ugly, maybe other people did. I saw it as a new life, a healthy life, an opportunity to live a better life … it represented endless possibilities. It’s also why I value my good health and move my body, fuel my body and work to inspire others to do the same. It’s an amazing gift that you don’t completely realize until you don’t have it — good health is better than wealth!
Now as an adult … as a mom … as a 40+ year old women … I have many more imperfect areas on my body.
::: I have stretch marks and a dark vein on the back of my leg which might look bad to some people. To me, they represent a healthy baby boy who added 40 lbs to my body. Thank god for those stretch marks and dark vein.
::: I have a new scar on the front of my body, which changed the look of my abs. Thank god for that scar because we had an emergency C-section for my daughters safe delivery. She was breech and the umbilical cord was wrapped around her neck which we did not know!
I could go on and on. We all have parts about our body that bother us, that might look different, that might affect our confidence. My goal is to challenge you to see yourself and your body with more confidence, more appreciation and with more love. Treat your body like the amazing gift it is.
- Exercise so it (your body) has more balance, more strength, more health to live your best.
- Eat well so it (your body) can look it’s best, feel it’s best, have more energy and fight disease.
There is no perfect body, no perfect health, no perfect life … just perfect imperfection that makes you YOU. Respect and love yourself, your body and your life! “Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.” ~Jim Rohn