When I think of our relationship I have to admit I neglected you. I was never actually aware of you. In my mind you were the legs that simply took me from point A to point B. I think the first time that I became truly aware of you is when I fell off my bike as a kid and got a gash the size of Texas on my knee. I was devastated! At the time I was a wannabe tomboy at the time and didn’t want to admit that I fell. In my mind you betrayed me.
As I got older I realized that your mere existence, shape, and movement could bring such emotion out in people. I was complimented on your thickness but also critiqued for it. I was applauded for your curves but also told to tone you up. You were caressed and poked at for so many different reasons. For awhile the response you evoked in others was in direct correlation to my feelings of worthiness or acceptance. Such a heavy responsibility you bore. Forgive me.
What I now know to be true is that you have always been strong. You’ve endured my mistreatment in thoughts and action. You took the bumps and the scrapes like a trooper. When I thought I was alone you were there taking me on every journey I was brave enough to attempt. You truly have been exactly what I needed before I knew it.
Today I honor you and commit to doing it right from here on out. I won’t promise that there won’t be pain. In fact, I know there will but I also know that you turn pain into strength. We still have a long way to go but as much as I can I will appreciate the fact that its you who will get me there.
With love and supreme admiration,