Tuesday, June 17, 2008

soft underbelly


soft underbelly, originally uploaded by gawdessness.

There isn't much I have to say about this shot.

Or maybe it is actually that there is so much to say about it that I don't know where to start...
or end.

One thing that strikes me?
I am surprised that this part of my body and the way it looks has taken up as much room and time in my thoughts as it has.

There has always been so much else going on and so many far more interesting and important things to think about.

Another thing?
When I look at this picture of my belly - I am NOT:
-embarrassed
-horrified
-depressed
-concerned
-repelled

Granted I am not going to run out and stock up on tummy revealing outfits and display my abdomen in social settings and on errands.

Not my style (except in the middle of a run on a hot day but THAT doesn't count) but I'm also not going to worry about it either.

That I only had to be 41 to get to this point.
Wonder what 42 will bring?

13 comments:

Sandie said...

Awesome, the picture and the thoughts...I am working very hard to get to that point!

Anastasia said...

I just love you.

Ampersand said...

wow, gawdess. you rock. really.

self-acceptance, even self-love, is the stuff of life.

like anastasia, i just love you too.

ipm said...

beautiful!

babies and life and living and all that makes us who we are.

ta love... you're tops!

Karin said...

I'm 41 and I'm not to that point yet. More power to you, and I'm going to try and learn from your wisdom! :)

bsouth said...

Thank you for sharing that picture, that's so personal and I'm so pleased that you're happy with it. I'm struggling with mine

BouBou's said...

Great photo - and great post! Welcome to the club. ;-)

Have you considered sending the photo to here?

http://www.belliesarebeautiful.com/

A.

nadia said...

my beautiful friend...inside and out every part of you...an inspiration to me each and every day. hugs

Yankee, Transferred said...

XOXOXOXOXO
I love this photo and you are gorgeous!

Milk Mama said...

You look beautiful! Oh I love how moms like you are speaking out. Beautiful! :D

morena said...

perhaps because you wrote this post on my 38th birthday, perhaps because I've heard so much from lots of mothers about this extra skin or perhaps because I've been found a couple of fibromas on my uterus -one will be removed in Oct-... or maybe because maternity simply scares me... well... I love you too, not only for what you wrote, but also for the feelings that betray from it.
Thank you.

ngina4jesus said...

Thank you so much for posting your photo and for your inspiring comments. You have such a wonderful attitude. I struggle so much with shame regarding my postpartum belly. You are such an encouragent!

Morgan Street said...

WOW - Thank you for teaching me a valuable lesson about myself! You truly are an inspiration!!

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