"I cannot tell you how many times while I was growing up the amount of adult women who freely gave me advice on my body and told me ways I had to change it. Even at an age where it would be wildly inappropriate for me to start dieting or exercising to modify my appearance. Why was I seen only for my body? Is that really what we’re reduced down to? Why wasn't I seen as a conscious expression of the universe ready to absorb new information and eager to create newness that added something here on earth? We are such a body obsessed, appearance absorbed culture that puts our value and our worth in our biological aesthetic. The truth? This is one part of it. Yes, your appearance does matter, the same way that it matters in flowers and stars and trees. It's one part of their component but it's not the whole story. The whole story is you, awareness in action, experiencing something on such a deep subjective level no other human will ever fully know how you perceive the world, it's you amongst your environment in all your memories and projections of the future, its you with millions of years of evolution behind this single moment that you get to breathe and beat into. It's you experiencing your first love or heartbreak or seeing clouds turn pink while the sun is setting, the whole story consists of your magnitudes and never once are you ever reduced down to just your body.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
It's too simple and you are too beautifully complex for that, I don’t want to know how you want to shrink yourself or modify your body. I want to know everything else about you."
"Bodies will go through hell and still be able to be alive. No matter how much we hate them, their only job is to keep us alive. They do so much for us. They, bend, stretch, rip and break. All without needing a "thank you," during the process. If we are so lucky to reach old age, then it will be inevitable, we will have skin that folds like ribbons into itself, we will have lines that touch each other, we will have scars and spots from just existing. Our markings should be worn like badges but instead we see them as embarrassing aspects of ourselves. I hope that by owning my body and all that it has been through, it can inspire others to do the same. We're not meant to be erased, we're meant to be seen for our experiences. Without any shame attached to them. We are meant to be us."
words from Kenzie Brenna
CREATOR / ACTOR / INFLUENCER
It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for – and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing. It doesn’t interest me how old you are. I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool – for love – for your dreams – for the adventure of being alive" - Oriah Mountain Dreame