I’ve never been a small person, in any dimension.
I’m tall and muscular, not petite or skinny. My shoulders are broad, and I don’t fit in a lot of clothing made for women. My arms and legs are long; when I buy tailored shirts or long-sleeve cholis, sometimes they barely cover my elbows. And skinny jeans? Forget it. They barely fit over my calves. I take up space.
Bracelets made for dancers’ upper arms? Sometimes, if I’m lucky, I can wear them on my forearms. I’m not kidding. I’ve seen my troupemates wear the same bracelet on their biceps that I wear as a bangle.
Sometimes I find this discouraging, but this is how I’m built. I’ll never be petite.
In my non-dance life, I’ve been going to a truly wonderful gym with truly wonderful trainers and community, and I’ve been lifting heavy things and building muscle. Just this week, I deadlifted my own bodyweight (and trust me, that’s a significant number).
And this morning, despite the number on the scale, I’m grateful that I have a strong body, a reasonably flexible body. Not all of us are so lucky.
Today, I celebrate my ability to lift heavy things, shake my shoulders and hips, wear and shimmy with two skirts with ease, build a hair garden of epic proportions and not have it look out of place. Today I celebrate that ATS® looks good on my body, just as it looks good on every other body around the world.
What do you celebrate about your body today?