I’ve submitted here a couple of times before, but after seeing the pic from today that I’m submitting, I decided to do so again.
Years ago, I went to massage school, and we learned how to analyze various postures, so every time I look at a picture of my back, or of my exposed midriff, my eye automatically goes to the signs of scoliosis. In the above pic, it’s the lifted left shoulder, and the small mound on my left hip, where skin bunches because of my crooked back.
Now, my curve is minor, but I still need regular chiropractic treatment to prevent the migraines that the secondary curve in my neck cause, further breathing difficulties and absolutely horrid stabbing pains in my upper back.
To be honest, I’m not fond of wearing anything that reveals my back because of how it twists my body, and bras that fit well are also very hard to find, again because of that structural twist. But, y’know? If I like it enough, I’ll swallow my insecurity and rock that outfit with the best of ‘em. If people want to comment negatively, I’ll just put them to sleep with medical facts about bone structure and its effects on the rest of the body’s systems.
I realize the majority of people can’t see what I do, but that self consciousness is very much influenced by how much the world we live in stresses perfection and normalcy. Over the years, I’ve come to realize everyone’s state of ‘normalcy’ is different and there’s no such thing as ‘perfect’.
You don’t need to absolutely love everything about your body, but it’s a good idea to at least be comfortable in it. Furthermore, we are far, far more than the bodies we live in. Express your creativity and seek out the joy already in your life in the healthiest ways possible.
We each may look different. We each may have different issues, but we all share the common need to accept ourselves and make the best of what we have.
BE BRAVE! JOIN THE BODY PEACE REVOLUTION!