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I am made of soft. Soft as bread, soft as butter. My body’s journeys have made me softer still. Pliable and flexible. Expanded; stretched. Small hands press into me, as though I am dough to be shaped and small bodies curl into me as though I am a pillow or a favourite blanket. ❤️ For a long time I believed there was something terrible about softness. I saw softness as weakness and as shame. Something un-beautiful. Something to be hidden and feared. I berated the soft parts of me for not being harder, stronger and better. I wanted lines, corners and edges and I loathed the squish and the rolls, the folds, the puffiness. ❤️ But this is me and this is how I am; my body and its softness a metaphor. I have expanded and I have softened - with time, children, love and wisdom. And it’s okay! It’s not lesser or better than anything or anyone else; it’s just a way for a body to be and that’s perfectly acceptable. Likeable, even. ❤️ There really are worse things than being someone’s pillow, someone’s dough, the one that gives comfort and warmth. While there will always be times and occasions for firmness, steadfastness and hardness, there will always be a need for softness too. We will always need comfort, kindness and tenderness. ❤️ How do you feel about your body’s softness? ❤️ . . . #bopo #bodypositivity #intuitiveeating #edrecovery #losehatenotweight #effyourbeautystandards #effyourbodystandards #bodyliberation #iweigh #morethanmybody #bodyacceptance #healthateverysize #joyateverysize #haes
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