How many times has someone given you a limitation based on your body?
Who told you: "You can't do that"?
It comes in so many forms and from so many places that it starts to feel like the truth. Perhaps it would be easy to ignore if it were only your adversaries who were trying to box you in. Unfortunately, it's often the people who love you that do the most damage.
It's your mom giving you a nickname that kicks your self-esteem in the face. It's your sister encouraging you to choose a different career goal. It's your best friend asking you: "Are you sure you wanna wear that?"
Any one of these people would tell you that they're only trying to help and it's probably true. Still, the fact remains that you're surrounded by people who view your body as an anchor against the life you'd love to live.
Well guess what... IT'S NOT!
Your body is magnificent!
It is the fabulously capable home of your spirit and your spirit can do anything! You can rock that crop top. You can sunbathe on the beach. You can approach that gorgeous stranger. You can make a living as whatever you please!
Your body is the luxury vehicle in which you can blaze a bold trail of daring high adventure!
I'm not telling you anything new. You know this deep down in your heart but you've been lied to for so long that you've actually grown afraid of your own power. You've accepted the idea that you need to stay grounded.
But what if you flew?
What if you used all those lies and limitations as rocket fuel to blast off?
What if you set your own course? What would you see then? Who would you meet? What would you learn? How would all of it look, smell, taste, sound, feel?
You are more extraordinary than you have even begun to imagine in your most ambitious dreams!
You are meant to SHINE!
You might not hear that too often. You might witness the people around you resisting your decision to take flight.
Worry not, my beautiful human soul!
The view from above is breathtaking... and the courage you use to get there gives them permission to fly too!
Article and original artwork by: Nathanael Lark
Nathanael Lark is an artist and author celebrating the whole and unconditional beauty of women and their contribution to the world at large. Nathanael lives, works and gets knocked out by inspiration every day in Los Angeles, California.
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