By: Beatriz Craven, Guest Blogger
Ok, so I’ll admit it. I have a tendency to day dream or get lost in thought, sometimes at inopportune times (like, say a staff meeting). Just yesterday I was talking to my husband and I start to get lost examining his face. His eyelashes are bare. There are stray eyebrow hairs and random freckles. It has been a few days since his last shave, and his prickly brown stubbles are making themselves at home. His arms. My goodness. He’s not what you would call a particularly hairy man, just “normally” hairy I guess. I look at his arm hair and then look at mine. In comparison mine look invisible. When I was younger, I probably would have looked in the mirror and sworn we were twins. I can see the striking contrast of where the sun touches his legs and where his short tan line begins. I think he is the cutest thing I have ever seen in my life and tell him so often. He is so comfortable in his skin. Just being. I am fascinated by the fact that he gets to walk around in the open like that without a care in the world.
Image courtesy of Beatriz Craven
Why is there such a difference for us women? Most of us females would run and hide without our make-up on like deformed creatures. And yet there he is, happy as a clam, naked and free for the world to see. “Are you listening to me?” my husband asks, narrowing his eyes at me suspiciously. “Yes,” I reply, repeating back what I’ve heard between observations. And I see him too. For who he is. I want to be the woman who loves herself the way she loves and accepts others. As a challenge to myself I took a few photos fresh out of the shower. I’m always continually working on myself so I figure what better challenge than to plaster my naked face on the Internet. Hell, I’ll even throw in my turbie twist for good measure: just the touch to take this from kind of embarrassing to awkwardly awesome.
On a semi-side note, I later saw this video from Dove (love their campaigns). As you might imagine, it felt a bit too familiar and reaffirmed how nuts our body image issues are. It also helped hammer in how important it is to challenge ourselves on these cultural expectations of beauty. Ladies, it’s time to get naked (you know what I mean). And love it.
About Beatriz: Beatriz Craven is desperately close to fulfilling her dream of becoming a psychologist with the completion of her PhD. She is an avid life enthusiast, loving wife, and movie fanatic.