The Physical Side

Today, I want to say how much I love my physicality! I haven’t always been in tune with my body and how it moves, but I remember being an avid runner, balancer and tree-climber when I was a kid. In Ceramics class in college, I took great joy in punching and slapping the clay with gusto, feeling my strength and enjoying the effort involved! Now, I’m in some of the best shape of my life since swim team in my teens, and I feel like I’ve reverted to a kind of child’s joy in seeing what my body can do, except with more self-awareness because the movements come easier. Walking involves feet and ankles and legs and knees and thighs and hips and glutes. It involves swinging the arms and breathing in and out the breath in my lungs. Swimming involves stretching forward and pulling down, straining and breathing and the feeling of moving through the water. Jogging to Bart takes little effort and that is surprising! It wasn’t so long ago that these things made me sad and short of breath, and now I do them more easily, with joy and even when I am already tired, because I feel in tune with my body and what it can do, and I will revel in it while it lasts! I love my body!!

– Tessa Thornberry

This self-love post was submitted for the 31-Day Self-Love Writing Challenge. Even though January is over, you can continue to write from the prompts if they inspire you. February’s self-love writing prompt is Be Your Own Valentine. Join our February Self-Love Writing Challenge Facebook event to continue sharing your self-love journey in a safe community.

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