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Dear Body

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Dear Body,

Let me just say simply this, You are beautiful.

Truly, you are this amazing piece of art that has carried me through fifty-four years of digesting and moving and thinking and creating and loving and living.

You are more than 600 muscles stretched over 206 bones, running alongside an incalculable number of nerve endings which scientists can’t fathom to count.

You are this machine that is constantly working and producing — 100 billion new cells and 4,000 heart beatsevery hour you live.

Body, this brain that sits at your crown has more connections than stars in the universe and moves information at 268 miles per hour, and it allows me both to think philosophy and move my pinkie toe.

And yet, and yet.

I belittle you. Call you fat. Complain about your stretch marks. Compare you to younger versions. Obsess about all the ways you don’t measure up to the girls in the magazines.

And, Body, I am sorry for that. Sorry for all the times I haven’t appreciated you for the complex gift you are that has birthed my miracle baby, walked marathons, become a Marine, and morphed from and morphed from toddler to adult.

But, this year, this summer, will be different– I promise.

I at-least hope.

This year, I’m going to revel in the ability to dig in the sand without worrying about what rolls are showing, where.

This summer, Body, I’m not going to look too long at the other bathing suits on the beach, not going to whine about her bigger chest or flatter stomach or skinnier thighs.

I’m not going to miss the memories of today, distracted by the discontent with this awe-inspiring masterpiece that’s been given to me.

Because work of art, you most definitely are.

Grateful for You,


Question: Do you struggle with self-image more in the summertime? What are two things you LOVE about your body?
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    Very beautiful Kal
    3521 days ago
    Very well written Kal!! As you know I definitely struggle with body issues despite the fact that am so little. I have a hard time looking in the mirror and loving my body. I always see every little flaw, every little roll, every little freckle. Two things I love about my body are how strong my legs are and the muscles that are developing in my "baby guns."
    3526 days ago
    Yay!!! Love this - you are soooo right - imagine all the wonderful things this beautiful body of ours has accomplished. :)
    3529 days ago
  • KO1215
    Very nice. I write letters to myself sometimes too. It is very helpful to keep me on track!
    3529 days ago
    Great blog. This topic has been on my mind a lot recently. How I can never be happy with my body even when others say they would do almost anything to have my body.

    Thank you for reminding me to focus on the positives. It's a tough thing to do for one raised in the media age of female "perfection" but it's something I definitely need to work on.
    3529 days ago
    I love the letter, you can succeed. It definitely takes time, but I know you can do it.
    3529 days ago
    Great way to share your ideas, secrets, etc with your body...a great idea!

    Thank YOU for sharing!
    3529 days ago
    I dont love my body I am improving it. I know it will never be perfect and there isnt anything wrong with it underneath the fat. I will continue to love myself and accept me for who I am regardless of my weight.
    3529 days ago
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