Our Transforming Bodies
The body is an interesting thing. When you are in your early teens you are becoming aware of it as it develops into a woman’s body. Then in your late teens and early 20’s you are obsessed with it’s size, shape and how it looks in clothes. Always thinking you’re not exactly the shape or size you really want to be. Then in your 20’s you relax and begin to accept yourself and it’s shape and size. Then you probably get married, have babies and watch your body change into something all together different again. And for most of us, it’s not a happy change. After the baby, we have extra baby weight left over, extra boobs (some like that) and no time to exercise or focus on a healthy eating and sleeping pattern. So we daily evaluate our bodies and how it doesn’t look like it used to. Throughout the next 10 years we possibly have more kids, possibly put on more weight and buy bigger sized clothes. We want to feel sexy and desirable for our husbands or males we want to attract, but face it, the lights have to be off! Finally around 40, our kids are at an age where we can spend more time on ourselves. So we begin to rediscover our bodies. Many of us begin and are successful at some form of exercise and diet. We watch the extra weight we have been slowly putting on over the last 15 years begin to melt away. Ah! Yes! There she is! That beautiful woman with the curves, flatter stomach, and smaller sized clothes. We feel reborn! And then we hit 50 or so. Here we go again and our bodies begin to change. Menopause takes over and our bodies begin to morph into something we have never seen before. Of course over the last 10 years we have slowly stopped working out, drinking more wine and enjoying more delicious food because after all we deserve it. But now the real test begins. Everything is slowing down….the metabolism, the energy to exercise after a long day at work, the sex drive, the everything. And our bodies turn into a barrel shaped human. WTF? And now the true test of a wise woman. We exam ourselves, we understand the obstacles of age, the body transformation, and the true importance of it all. We then focus on what’s most important…our overall health. So we begin to accept ourselves, our bodies and it’s life transformations and focus on physical, emotional and mental health. We are comfortable in our own skin whatever shape and size it is as long as it is healthy and strong. And we feel sexy in it. We look forward to each and every day we have to live to our fullest knowing we are entering a new phase and time of life that is reaching it’s end.
PS: I’m 54 and this is my reflection on my body’s transformation so far.