Embracing Your Body
In this video (https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=tN9XGzW1_jk&feature=youtu.be popular SMA blogger Shane Burcaw shares footage of his European trip with his girlfriend Hannah. He also shares at one point a scene of Hannah helping him take a shower in a pretty tight apartment. When Burcaw chose to include this footage, he posted on his Facebook page that it took some courage to show images of him nearly naked.
He wrote about how for the longest time he hated his body, and was embarrassed to go shirtless anywhere in public or think of himself as attractive. He went on to say that this is a flawed mentality perpetuated by stereotypes about what constitutes as “attractive” or “sexy.” He now embraces the fact that his body is different from the average person, and he and Hannah are more than comfortable with it.
Reading Shane’s post, I could definitely relate. I never had trouble making friends or being outgoing, but there were plenty of times when I had a hard time seeing myself as physically attractive. I’m not super-skinny, but I’m not muscular either. I have extra body fat, and it gets to me sometimes.
Over time though my mentality has changed for the better, and I see myself now as physically attractive and confident when it comes to dating. Again, confidence is a big part of dating and relationships, and it’s important for those of us with disabilities to love our abnormal bodies.
What about you all? Do you relate to Shane’s post?