I love my scars.
No, I’m not saying that to make myself feel better about the surgeries I’ve had or to convince others to feel more confident – I’m saying it because I mean it.
I see so many others covering theirs with makeup, and that’s okay, you do you. But personally, I feel there’s no need.
Admittedly, I have little body confidence and I don’t think I’ll ever be happy with the weight that stares back at me from the scales, but scars are just something that I’ve never had a problem with. And I can honestly say that if was given the chance to take them away I was kindly decline.
Why? There are many reasons as to why I love my scars – both cosmetically and emotionally. Here are 8 of them.
1. They tell a story
My scars tell a story. They give others insight into my life. They allow me to talk about things that have affected me personally, while making it easier to create a bond with the person of whom I’m sharing my story with. This therefore makes it easier for others to tell their story too.
2. They give you the opportunity to educate others
I have scars all over my body. Some are surgery scars, caused by my battle with Inflammatory bowel disease, and others are self-harm scars. Speaking out about both gives me the opportunity to educate others on invisible illnesses, both physical and mental, and the effects of suffering with both.
3. They give others hope
The scars on my arm that come from bouts of mental pain are also reminders that I’m still here – and a reminder to others that if I survived, they can too.
4. They signify strength
While some may see scars as a weakness, I see them as strength. My scars say ‘I didn’t let it beat me’. Every time I look at them I am reminded of that same thing – and it’s somewhat my motivation to get up in the morning.
5. They are a constant reminder that you can get through anything
Your scars are permanent marks that are forever telling you how strong you’ve been. You may be upset over something so small in comparison to what you’ve been through – your scars are the perfect reminder of that.
6. They add character
Your scars add that little bit of character to your body. Something that only you have. They make you unique. They give you a story, a quirkiness, they make you you.
7. They help you heal
As your scars heal, so do you. You don’t realise how far you’ve come until you notice your scars have now turned to white from red. It may sound insignificant, but when you look at it, it’s your body telling you how far you’ve come since your scar first made its mark.
8. They are beautiful
Your scars are like tattoos. Permanently marked on your skin and beautiful. Your scars resemble experience, power, strength and maturity. And I don’t think there’s anything quite as naturally beautiful as that.
Words by Hattie Gladwell