For the longest time I looked in the mirror and saw only flaws.
Now I look in the mirror and see an ever changing vulnerable soul.
I see resiliency.
I see progress.
I see depth, hope and faith.
I feel a strong sense of purpose.
I lean into my imperfections and no longer hide them away out of the paralyzing fear of judgement.
I feel comfortable going out without wearing makeup because I feel comfortable in my own skin.
Even when illness has taken over my body.
Even when I have a staph infection on my face. Even when my confidence feels low.
It may have taken 27 years to get here but, I feel comfortable in my skin.
In the presence of raw vulnerability I feel at home.
These bones, this skin, this body…this heart, these dreams, these fears and doubt.
It is all a part of me and because of that, I am whole.
My greatest wish for you, yes you – the beautiful soul reading these words, is for you to believe that you are whole.
You are whole, just as you are.
In this exact moment, regardless of what life has placed before you – you are whole.