Thank you all for your well-wishes. I managed to spill hot bacon drippings all over my hand yesterday, and sustained second degree burns :P While I'm still a bit blistery, I can type MUCH better than my sad attempts last night.
So, without further ago, onto this week's questions!
Survivors of trauma commonly experience low self-esteem. Whether they've been told by their abusers that they are ugly or stupid, or whether an attack makes them fearful of being beautiful, survivors of all flavors often are very critical of themselves and their appearances. And with depression distorting our thoughts even further, it is often very difficult for a survivor to remember that they are beautiful and special.
With so much of today's society focused on image, promoting endless plastic surgeries and diet fads, it's often very easy to feel like you're not good enough physically. Too often external looks are valued too highly, and a person's individuality gets lost in the shuffle.
One of the most empowering things for a survivor is to reclaim her or his beauty. Reclaiming your beauty takes back the power your abuser stole from you when they made you feel ugly and stupid. Sometimes it has nothing to do with your physical beauty - reclaiming the beautiful essence that makes you you
can be incredibly powerful. So this week's questions will be focused on reclaiming your beauty!
This week's questions are:
- How has your abuse affected your image of yourself? Did your feelings change about yourself after your abuse?
- What physical aspect of yourself do you love the most? What wouldn't you change about your physical appearance? (even if you had gazillions of dollars and surgeons at your disposal)
- What part of your personality and life is essential to who you are? What trait or passion makes you you
- What aspects of your beauty (physical or individual/personal) have you reclaimed?
Many thanks go to autumnfaerie
for inspiring this week's question! ::huggles::