Submitted by Volunteer Layma Yutsyute.
I can proudly say that I love my body, every little part of it. It hasn’t always been that way because of a surgery I had when I was 6 years old. Luckily, everything went well and I am here today writing this blog. It did, however, leave my body with some markings, most notably the scar on my leg.
I didn’t like it and didn’t want to accept it; all I knew is that people pointed it out and asked about it. I remember being around 8 years old, playing on a beach when a girl walked up to me with her mom and wanted to play. I was so excited! I had a new friend! It didn’t take long for her to point at the scar on my leg and say, “gross, what is that?” I will never forget that day. That was the day I started to hide my perfectly imperfect scar. For the next 10 years I wore long jeans and pants in the summer, no matter how hot it was. I missed out on all of the cute shorts and skirts I could have worn.
Throughout the years, I had the same negative attitude about my scar, but one day I decided enough is enough. This scar is a part of me and it is never going away. It makes me unique; no one else has such a beautiful mark. For the first time in years, I was wearing shorts, dresses and skirts in the summer. It felt so good to feel the warm air against my skin and show off my legs. I embraced my scar and fell in love with it. There is nothing to be ashamed of, I didn’t do anything wrong. The amazing thing is that after I showed off my scar, less and less people started to notice it. Some people still ask about it, but now I get excited to tell them my story.
When we change our negative thoughts to positive, everything around us changes. This scar is a reminder of what could have been. I could have died. But here I am, living, loving and celebrating every day of my life. If you have a certain body part that you dislike, I encourage you to stand in front of a mirror and look at it closely. Look at it and tell yourself how much you love it. Do that every day until you truly believe it. No matter what your perfect imperfections are, shower them with love.