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Embracing your imperfections

Embracing your imperfections can be really tough. For some this is probably a lot harder than for others. I personally believe it’s harder to love your own flaws than those of others. We are our own harshest judge – we tend to be tougher towards ourselves and our own imperfections than those of others.

Being able to love yourself enough to accept the way you are is one thing. However, some people take it a step further and they share something personal for the benefit of others.

I came across a post on the internet (no surprise there :P) where Rachel Hollis did exactly this. She shared a piece of herself by posting a photo (as seen above) on her Instagram account and it soon went viral.

With it, she said the following:

“I have stretch marks and I wear a bikini. I have a belly that’s permanently flabby from carrying three giant babies and I wear a bikini. My belly button is saggy… (which is something I didn’t even know was possible before!) and I wear a bikini.

I wear a bikini because I’m proud of this body and every mark on it.

Those marks prove that I was blessed enough to carry my babies and that flabby tummy means I worked hard to lose what weight I could. I wear a bikini because the only man who’s opinion matters knows what I went through to look this way. That same man says he’s never seen anything sexier than my body, marks and all. They aren’t scars ladies, they’re stripes and you’ve earned them. Flaunt that body with pride!” 

It’s such a powerful message, so I really wanted to share it. Rachel looks gorgeous and she’s an example for all Fit Girls out there who need to show some love to themselves and their beautiful imperfections. A comforting thought is that nobody is perfect, we all have our imperfections and this is exactly what makes us humans unique.

So dearest Fit Girls, now I’m wondering. What kind of imperfections are you willing to proudly share with us?

I’ll start by sharing one of myself. When I was two years old, I got bitten in my face by a dog. I was eating a cookie while showing it off but I wasn’t willing to share it. The dog got annoyed and bit me. It left a tiny scar on my nose, like a little dent. The doctors told me I could get plastic surgery done once I reached the age of 18 ‘to get it fixed’ but I decided to embrace it and accept it as a part of me 🙂

Now that you’ve read my story, I can’t wait to hear yours! You can post it in the comments below.

xoxo

Safira Audrey

Source (header): www.instagram.com/msrachelhollis

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  1. Scallywag

    Well lets see! I have a huge scar on my knee that is purple when cold and white otherwise, from a running accident where I had to be airlifted out by helicopter. You can read the story of that scar and see a photo here: http://cadsandscallywags.blogspot.co.uk/2014/11/update-on-my-greatest-injury.html but be warned there is a blood-soaked image in the post!

    I also have cellulite; spots on my bum where my leggings sit (#runnersproblems); a natural square shape to the end of my nose; and a mole between my nose and mouth that at random spouts hairs.

    Hey, its not glam, but its honest!

    Scallywag 🙂

    • Safira Audrey

      You’re story is amazing. We’re surprisingly similar!
      I can’t sit still so whenever I injure myself I tend to try and get back at it again way too fast.
      Last October I had a rib injury and I started running while it was still healing.
      Because It took way longer too heal because of it!
      I’m currently coping with the same injury (another rib though)
      and now I’ve asked my doctors (before I started exercising) what I can and can’t do ^_^

      Thank you so much for sharing Scallywag, you’re awesome!! <3 xoxo Safira Audrey

  2. Imelda

    I don’t have pics but I have large patches of thread veins all over my legs which looks like permanent brusing.

    Every summer when I have to get my legs out I care less and less about them and wether anyone notices them… because it’s too damn hot to wear jeans all day in the summertime!

    • Safira Audrey

      Imelda, you’re living your life to please no one but yourself, it’s your life after all.
      The people who emphasize on other people’s imperfections rather than a person as a whole are definitely not worth the time of day.
      And you’re so right, it’s too damn hot to wear jeans all day long during the summer!
      So flaunt what you’ve got with pride girl!
      All that matters is that YOU are comfortable in your own skin 🙂
      Thank you so much for sharing! <3

      xoxo
      Safira Audrey

  3. Oliebijl

    When I was fourteen I got an operation because I had a cyst on my right ovary. It left a scar down from my belly button about 14cm. Next summer on vacation when I wear a bikini I got questions like “where is your baby?” “did you got a cesarean?”. I didnt wear a bikini again for 6 or 7 years. Now i don’t care anymore. It’s part of me. Also i felt to times with my mountainbike. Thereby I have a scar on my chin and one above my elbrow. It’s just me. I’m clumsy, so they are my stripes of clumsiness.

    • Safira Audrey

      Oliebijl, I’m happy you feel comfortable enough in your own skin to not care what other people think.
      This is exactly what embracing your imperfections is suppose to be like.
      You accept them as a part of yourself as you grow to love yourself for who you really are.
      As a result, this definitely makes it easier to deal with other people’s curiosity
      (not all people have bad intentions though when they ask about it, curiosity is a part of human nature).
      About your clumsiness, I’m so with you! I’m a very clumsy person ^_^
      For example, I have a scar on my hand from cutting cheese the wrong way haha!
      It’s not pretty at all but I laugh about it because every time I see it, it reminds me of my clumsiness.
      AND YES! It suits me because the scar represents the clumsiness in me too! 😀

      Thank you so much for sharing!

      xoxo
      Safira Audrey