I took this image a couple of months ago, at the same time I did the Dirty Feet entry. After browsing through various nominations in entries on Wicked Wednesday’s BlogPost last week a couple of bloggers (a big shout out to Rebel at RebelsNotes and to Exposing40) mentioned a post from earlier this year by Molly Moore, entitled In the Navel.
Reading In the Navel (and the associated comments) for the first time, touched several chords in me. After I’d posted a reply to Molly, I went scrambling through my photos for a picture of my own belly. The one I wanted – which clearly showed the site of my former belly piercing (sadly lost to infection) had vanished in a recent picture tidy up, so I decided to share this picture in it’s stead.
The light comes from some coloured glass bottles on my kitchen windowsill. I love the way it makes a wonky heart shape on my thighs.
Like many other bloggers I have a wonky relationship with my scarred body (there’s a scar under my belly overhang, the large one visible from the navel down, the lumpy one under my left breast, and a couple of small scars around my navel – including a tubal ligation and a tiny scar from my failed piercing).
All the big ones were life saving, so I mostly have made my peace with them, but I was sad that my dream of sexy navel jewelry to enhance my belly dancing belly was lost. This has made me wary of undertaking other piercings, yet I do gaze with envy and fascination at Rebels collection of genital piercings – this was something Ryan and I talked about at one stage (and I’d forgotten about until now – thanks people!)
I’d like to dedicate this post to all of us (regardless of gender) who struggle on a regular basis with the look and feel of our bodies and who espouse the importance of body positivity along with the lovely folk who also provide love, encouragement and occasional correction when we are struggling.
To see who else has wonky body parts and whose being supportive on this last post for 2017 click on the lips (and you won’t be in Kansas any more…)