A human body; a human life, is a tremendous opportunity to live and to love.
If we spend our time hating ourselves, questioning everything and finding so much wrong, there is very little energy left to love. Not ourselves, not anyone.
When fear and self-hate weigh down on us ferociously, we have to do the work. And keep on doing the work. We’ll still be imperfect, but it is possible to move beyond negative body image to a much more accepting and appreciative view of our lives and of our deepest selves. This is our one life… and the one body we were given to walk through this life.
This soft, dark drawing is a witness to this transformation; an inner movement from the heavy fear of unworthiness to the light of abandon that leads to self-acceptance. A stripping off of all the usual masks we wear so we can stop hiding from ourselves, from life.
While it is a particularly vulnerable image, it is not meant to show off or to seduce. It’s more like an offering of humility that does not exclude the most fragile and mistreated aspects of the female body. Aspects that deserve to be honored, held sacred, and treated with the utmost respect.
The woman in this drawing is no longer looking for someone to look at her with love.
This woman has learned to love herself.