My Favorite Religion: My Body

“Your body is not a temple. Temples can be destroyed and desecrated. Your body is a forest – thick canopies of maple trees and sweet scented wild flowers sprouting in the underwood. You will grow back, over and over, no matter how badly you are devastated.”

-- Beau Taplin

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If I were ever to compile a list of the things I love in this world, at the very top of that list would be my body. And I don’t mean that in a conceited way, it’s just that over time I have learned to appreciate my body and all the things it does for me. I finally feel comfortable in my own skin. I have realised that my body puts up with so many of my unhealthy habits – like my lack of self control when it comes to junk food, my non-existent exercise routines, and my recklessness that leads to bruised legs and scarred arms – the least I could do is give it my sincerest of loves.

It wasn’t an easy journey to love my body, especially with the media telling me otherwise, and it certainly wasn’t something that happened overnight. Ironically, it was with the help of social media platforms like Tumblr and Instagram where I began my journey of self-love. Some (I dare say most) people on the Internet are the most accepting and supportive people I have ever met, and their ways of promoting body positivity and self-confidence is what really drew me in. Instead of loathing other people’s bodies and their confidence in flaunting what they had, I began to appreciate my own, and most importantly, began to find the parts of my body I once hated to be endearing. I stopped judging others for posting pictures of their bodies online because I realised that that’s all they were – BODIES! There was absolutely nothing to hide; we are all human; we all have nipples, collarbones and stomachs; so why was I so ashamed of mine?

Not everyone, however, will have the same positive experience with social media. There will always be people on the Internet that want to bring others down, but if you drown out all that static noise and irrelevancy and only listen to what your body wants, then you are well on your way. Make sure you stay hydrated; make sure you get enough sleep; make sure you’re not sitting on your buttock all day, because your body will reward you.

All those cells in your body are there just to keep you alive; they are there to fight off your diseases and sicknesses. Your feet and toes are the ones that carry you through the day; they are the ones that make sure you don’t collapse after dancing for two hours straight in heels. And your heart, your heart only pumps day in and day out for you. Even when you feel like it’s broken, it will always beat for you until the day you die.

At the end of the day, YOU are your longest commitment. So give your cute tummy a rub and smack that beautiful bum of yours, because you only ever get one body, and YOUR body is the most purest form of art you will ever see.

Author: Liv