Sunday, June 22, 2014
While surfing around SparkPeople articles, I came upon an old SparkPeople Blog polling opinions on "Would you be willing to trade one year of your life for the perfect body?"
So here is what thus spewed forth from an elderly brain battered and shaped by 65 years of hard living and experience:
No way! Imperfections are what make us human, unique, beautiful, interesting, compassionate, empathetic, and provide our motivation to connect with other imperfect humans, you know, those fascinating and adorable creatures. I've spent my whole life delightfully and happily imperfect so thus I have experienced much joy that the perfect-body-me would have missed as I get to relate to anybody else who also has an imperfect body. Imperfections are our stimulus to reach for humanity, growth, knowledge, excellence, gratitude, love, the striving for which is the source of human happiness and human kindness. I'll gladly settle for a healthy, strong, functional and uniquely and beautifully me-body, with all the warts God so graciously gave me so that I can have all those other blessings. Give up a year of my wonderful life just for a perfect body that can't last anyway! No thanks!
In the words of author Amy Bloom, "You are imperfect, permanently and inevitably flawed. And you are beautiful."
To all you imperfect Sparkpeople who weren't just gifted with a perfect body and would not be willing to trade what you've gained on your rich, arduous, growth and knowledge enhancing quest to earn the best you that you can be body, that is why I love you, imperfect, flawed you.
Hugs. Purrs. Bye.