Today, I’m reminded of the Kintsugi tradition. It’s an art form that involves repairing broken pottery with lacquer dusted or mixed with powdered gold, silver, or platinum.

The philosophy is that objects that have been broken and repaired become more beautiful and valuable because of their imperfection. Rather than trying to hide or disguise the cracks, kintsugi emphasizes and celebrates them, turning what might be seen as a flaw into a unique and beautiful feature.

Like Kintsugi, my scars are a part of my story. They have taught me to embrace the strength and resilience that created them. They also remind me of how far I’ve come. I wouldn’t be who I am today without them.

As we enter the summer season, I want to encourage you to embrace your scars and all that they represent. Instead of feeling self-conscious or ashamed, try to see your scars as a badge of honor – a testament to your strength and resilience. After all, scars are a sign that you have overcome something difficult and come out the other side.

Of course, summer can bring its own challenges, especially when it comes to body image and feeling confident in our skin. But I believe that by embracing our scars – both physical and emotional – we can find a newfound sense of confidence and self-acceptance. 

So whether you’re heading to the beach, the pool, or simply spending time outdoors, here are three things that have helped me wear my scars proudly. I hope they can help you too.

1. Celebrate

I used to look in the mirror and grieve the body I once had, but now I see scars that tell a story of survival and remind me of all that I have overcome. I see a kidney gifted to me by my father. I see legs that have fallen time and time again, but keep getting back up. I see hands that create, comfort, and soothe.

2. Educate Others

People will always make insensitive or hurtful comments, simply because they don’t understand your journey. When we take the time to educate those who will listen, we create a more accepting and understanding environment.

3. Seek Support

If you’re struggling to come to terms with your scars like I have, it can be helpful to seek support from others who have been through similar experiences. I’ve created amazing connections and friendships through support groups, my therapist, and close friends and family. It’s never too late to create, build, or grow a support system.

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