Don’t change your body to get respect from society. Instead let’s change society to respect our bodies.
~ Golda Poretsky

In the past weeks, many of my posts have mentioned that I have accepted my body just the way it is. I have had so many years in which I doubted myself, wished I weighed less or I had no scars or my hair was longer or my breasts bigger, my ass smaller… you name it, the thoughts have crossed my mind. I am so tired of not being happy with myself, of constantly fighting myself, that I have come to a point where I just accept that this is who I am. I eat healthy, but also eat the occasional cake or candy. I drink a lot of water and tea, but also love a glass of wine. I have a job behind a desk and I do sit a lot, but I try to walk to the printer more than I did in the past and I go to the gym twice a week. I try to care for my body the way it deserves, and I accept that this is the body that has been given to me, and which will carry me through life. I am who I am, and I can’t change that, so I can just as well accept myself as I am. If I respect my own body, society will too. Change always starts with ourselves, right?

Looking at the image below I do see the curves and the lines and the scars and the spots, but I love what I see. This is my body, the one that has served me for almost 52 years, the one I hope will serve me many years to come!

respect body curves
Almost 52 years of service…

© Rebel’s Notes

17 thoughts on “Respect

  1. How wonderful! We invest so much energy in thinking corrosive thoughts, but it sounds like you really have the right idea – taking care of yourself but also being able to enjoy life. Lovely image.

  2. It’s so easy to let the negative in and judge ourselves. I love your acceptance. Somedays I can do so, somedays I fight with myself.

  3. Your body looks great, and I like the conclusions you’ve come to. Positivity pays it forward – I love your skin tones and your beautiful freckles.

  4. Just gorgeous . . . beautiful beautiful photo . . . and lovely words!
    Totally agree with the quote AND your own sentiments . . . just LOVE this !!!
    Xxx – K

  5. You know what? I love this. I love what you have written and I agree. What a beautiful body.

    I need to apply this thought process myself too. I have lost a lot of weight (and put a little back on) but I’m very critical of myself and how I look. Even the picture I posted this week I wasn’t happy with.

    Rebel I applaud you ?

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