I know they will fade over time. They will soften with smiles, with yoga, and with smoothies. They will release over tea (or cocktails) with friends, with late night dance parties, and with long summer runs.
For now, they don't define me. Or make me look sad or older. They don't distract from who I am.
I've decided they are beautiful. They are a battle wound. A right of passage. I've decided that when I get all dolled up they actually accentuate the sparkle in my eyes, or the joy in my cheeks. And when I am au natural they show the tenderness of my soul and the depth of my spirit. The pain I experience in my center.
I won't get Botox or buy fancy cremes, lotions, or serums. I'll cry when I need to and breathe deep when I can. I will laugh and hug whenever the opportunities present themselves.
Ownership is sexy and powerful. It feels so good flowing through my veins.
I believe there is so much power and release in those moments. They are why we are here. To feel and love and shine. That is where the healing happens. Where the growth comes in. Those are the catalysts we need to experience in order to live our best life.
Where can you bring more compassion and love into your day?
How can you honor all parts of your self, both physically and emotionally?
What makes you feel expansive, beautiful, and joyful?
I'd love to know.