We live in a world that glorifies beauty above all else. Where the female body is hypersexualized.
We live and act as though our very worth is based upon how attractive both men and other women find us. Then we feel shame for being vain. We know deep down that not only does our body not define us, but our beauty will one day fade. There is an expiration date.
We tell ourselves that it's our heart, mind, and soul that are important. Being a good person is what really counts. Then we go home, stare at ourselves in the mirror and pick at every flaw. We point out the few extra pounds we are carrying, the lines on our face, the stretch marks. We are used to knocking ourselves down every time we see our reflection. We can't seem to help it, we've been doing it for so long that it's become "normal."
It's not your fault, you've been conditioned by society to feel shame. How else could companies sell you expensive face creams that don't work?
I wish you could see your beauty. I wish you could take off the glasses of society's expectations. You are stunning. The way your eyes shine when you speak of your passion, the way your skin glows when you're happy, the pep in your step after you receive a compliment. There's something about you that affects everyone when you're around. You don't know it, but you make the world around you an easier place to live.
Every time you look in the mirror, remind yourself how beautiful you are. These "flaws" on your body are reminders of your life. Your wrinkles are years of smiles, a few extra pounds are the delicious foods you've enjoyed, stretch marks are from creating life (or sometimes just growing), scars are hard lessons you've learned to make you a better person today. After all, the body is only a vessel to carry your unique soul.
We have this one life to enjoy. Love your body, take care of your soul.