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What would you change about your body?

I saw this last night on a friend’s Facebook page (Thanks, Flo) and had to share. It’s another one of those things that just hit home. It reminded me of the many conversations I’ve had surrounding my book Cravings: A Catholic Wrestles with Food, Self-Image, and God.

When adults are asked what they would change about their bodies, the lists go on and on. We are so hard on ourselves. When children are asked the same question, well, they wish for things like mermaid tails and teleportation. Today I challenge you to see yourself with the eyes of a child. What fantastic feature would you add? Or maybe you wouldn’t change a thing. How refreshing would it be to feel that way? These kids will show you how.

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  1. Since developing a chronic illness at age thirty, that’s really the only thing I would change. It wasn’t an overnight wake-up call, but it certainly put my frustration with my weird hairline and wide hips in perspective. Thanks for this!

    November 5, 2014
    • Mary DeTurris Poust #

      I think as I get older I’ve become at least a little more accepting of my body as it is, and thankful that it’s still functioning the way it should. Some of that has to do with seeing my mom die at 47 and realizing I’ve already had five more years than she did. Still, I wish I could come to terms with the slowdown of midlife metabolism. I like my carbs too much!!!

      Oh, and I would like a mermaid tail. 🙂

      November 5, 2014
  2. I think learning to play the piano has helped with this, in a funny way. I have these weird little pinkies, which never used to bother me. My hands look funny when I make a fist, but I never make a fist; gloves never fit, so I wear mittens. On the other hand, I was OBSESSED with my thin hair, wide hips and butt, thick angles, etc. But when I’m trying to play the piano I just feel (1) glad I’m not arthritic and (2) furious that my pinkies fail me, that I can barely reach a seventh and all sorts of chords that are easy for others are hard for me. Now instead of envying other women their legs I envy them their fingers. I think, since that’s about what my body can do and not how it looks, that that’s an improvement. At least that’s how I’m scoring it.

    November 5, 2014
    • Mary DeTurris Poust #

      I love this. I can almost guarantee you are going to be the only one complaining about her pinkies!

      November 5, 2014
      • Well, at least I’ve moved beyond typically female body-hating cliche.

        November 5, 2014
  3. What a great question. Alas, the list of possible answers has gotten longer as I’ve crossed over the divide into my forties. And it’s not entirely about vanity; I’ve noticed that things just don’t work as well in my body as they did ten years ago (vision, ability to bend awkwardly without jeopardizing my back, you name it).

    Still, as my dad likes to say, growing older is better than the alternative!

    November 6, 2014

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