An Open Letter To My Belly

An Open Letter To My Belly by Emily Nolan for My Kind of Life

Sometimes I look at you with such a raging shame. Like you’re not good enough to share on the Internet, lest someone from the past catches wind that I’ve had heart-wrenching battles with you. But then, what if they too, have had their battles? Which is always true, even if it’s not about their belly. But about the fear of not fitting in–the fear of not being good enough.

To be honest, belly, sometimes I still think you’re not “flat” enough to post a worthy picture on social media.

There’s an undulating and present fear that I have of not fitting into this thing called media’s idea of what perfect–or health–is. I recognize this fear, and vow to be present in every moment of it. I vow to be accountable for my thoughts about you–to know that only I choose your worthiness. I vow to be brave enough to stand with my shirt off and declare that I am healthy, just the way that I am. Belly, I used to think we needed to prove that we were strong enough by making you look like it. But when I think of God, I remember that the most powerful moments can’t often been seen, but believed in. Trusted. The most powerful things, belly, sit confidently in the presence of fear.

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