Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Love Your Body Tuesday: Hands

There is a lot on the internet these days regarding body positivity, body love, body confidence, no shame, etc. A quick search of any of these topics will return hundreds of links about the issue.

I love this. I think it's great that people are finally trying to change things, and we now live in a world where women of any size can wear whatever they want, even a bikini if she so chooses.

That being said, a lot of us still hate our bodies (or parts of them anyway). Even when I wear my bikini, my eyes instantly go to my perceived "problem areas". I'm basically "faking confidence" whenever I wear something outside my comfort zone, with the hope that eventually I'll fake it so much that I actually believe it. I'm willing to bet that I'm not the only person who does this.

I mean, really--how many people out there actually genuinely love every part of their body? 

It's out of this line of thinking that my new blog post series was born:


 I wanted to do something to actively force myself to acknowledge every part of me in a positive light. Every week, I will highlight a part of my body and talk about what I like about it.

Feel free to join in and grab the image above if you want!

This week, I'm going with something easy - my hands.

 

These are my hands, in all their unfiltered glory.

My hands are not small, nor dainty; they are big, and strong. My mom used to tell me I had "piano fingers" because my fingers were so long (unfortunately, long fingers do not equal grand pianist.)

I have a cluster of light freckles on my right hand, between the knuckles of my index and middle fingers. I've always liked them, because they're unique. Lots of people have fingers and skin and knuckles, but not many people have a random freckle-cluster on their hand. The freckles have been there for as long as I can remember; in 3rd grade, a friend told me they were a sunburn. Odd, the things we remember from our childhood. 

It's there, I swear. 
I also have unusual thumbs, and I'm double-jointed! Both of these attributes have provided me a source of conversation any time I found myself feeling awkward in a social situation (so, pretty much all the time). My friends and I used to joke that my thumb, when bent backward, looked like the Starship Enterprise. I can also bend those three fingers on each hand at the first joint. Great for making scary claw hands!


My hands provided comic relief before we entered our wedding reception as husband and wife.


They embraced our children before they were born.


They have held and comforted babies new to this world.


They link us together as a family.



These hands, my hands, they hold my husband's hand as we walk down the street or drive in the car or sit on the couch. They hold my children's tiny hands as we cross streets and go down stairs and walk along sidewalks. They braid my daughter's hair and caress my son's head as he goes to sleep.

My hands are beautiful.

8 comments:

  1. Love this!

    I also have hitchhikers thumb. It's genetic, so do your kiddos have it, too?

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    1. I never checked before, but immediately after reading your comment, I grabbed my daughter's hand and checked--sure enough, she does! Ryan was suspicious of my intentions and wouldn't let me near his hands, so I'll have to do a sneak attack.

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  2. Great post! I have always been self-conscious about my curved fingers, but when I think about my hands and all they do how can I not love them :)

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  3. Amazing post, Christina. I am looking forward to more of your series on loving your body. One of my thumbs is double-jointed. My mom has a mini-freak out every time she looks at it, so I have plenty of fun scaring her with it. :-)

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  4. What a great idea for a series! Everyone, everywhere has some part of their body that they have a problem with! Can't wait to see the rest of this series :)

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  5. Great series! We should learn to love all of ourselves. :)

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  6. Do you have what is called a "clubbed thumb?" I never knew what that was until a few months back when I googled because a major headline on Fox was about some model having clubbed thumbs. LOL Anyway, your wide nail really reminded me of that! I'm weird! :) Thanks for being faithful to comment on my blog! I am bad about branching out to reading new blogs. There was a time when all I would do was sit around reading blogs. I have to be careful! Lol I will make an effort to check in here!

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    1. I'd never heard that before, but according to Dr. Google, it IS a clubbed thumb! (Also called a potter's thumb or murderer's thumb, FYI.) It also says it's a genetic trait, but neither of my parents have it, nor do my kids, so I have no idea where it came from. Oddly enough, the ONLY other person I have ever met with thumbs like mine is my sister-in-law (husband's brother's wife). Thanks!

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