to expose me: my body

I wrote in my post ‘to expose me‘, the following –

Now over 8 months later I have realized fellow bloggers are supportive of me and have welcomed me with open arms and appreciate my writings.  Because of this I decided to expose myself, my identity, to you my fellow bloggers.  But a course I am not doing it all in one post, I still have 3 months to write a post a day.

So I will write a series of posts to expose me – my identity to you and the blogger world.

In today’s post I write the following –

Um, what can I write about my body that you do not know or want to know about.  You know that I am a man, so that gives you information about me.  You know about my hands and feet and wrinkles and gray hair.  You know I had a tumor on my bladder.  What else is there to know about my body?

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My body has survived decades of abuse from alcohol, smoking, tanning, eating bad foods and a few other bad habits in my young adult life that I no longer do.  My body has survived physical self-abuse by literally using a belt with repeated hitting on my body; usually the back, chest, neck and face.  My body has survived the downing of countless pills for both survival and attempted death.

My body; it is a complex, integrated and complicated piece of work.  Just thinking about how we think is amazing, really think about that for a minute.  There were past times I abused my body, literally and figuratively and today there is some abuse taking place as I still consume alcohol and I tan and I eat some bad foods.  There were past times I took very good care of my body by eating healthy, exercising, not drinking alcohol and not smoking.  Today I try to eat healthy; let’s say half the time I do; I continue to exercise although not to the extreme I once did and the drinking alcohol continues but the smoking has stopped.

I like my body; it is good to me – even though I have not always been good to it.

There are times my body is mistreated – there are times my body is treated well.

My Body Image2

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This complex, integrated and complicated machine that is my body continues to function after all these years.  55 years this amazing machine has brought me from a baby to a middle aged man.  How far into the future will it continue to function and work to continue to provide me that which is life?

46 thoughts on “to expose me: my body

    • Yes it truly is Alycea. I appreciate you stopping by to read and comment today. This whole blog would be about my mind – it would be difficult for me to write about my mind in one post. Have a wonderful day! 🙂

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  1. Those are such brilliant pictures and your words remind us all that we do actually and honestly only have one body which is working for us throughout our lives. Why waste that life worrying about the size of our thighs or whether our shoulders are too narrow – a functioning body is a gift. Sometimes we do abuse that gift but to grasp the mettle of the second chance as you have is inspiring. And that you just gave a cursory nod to what that body has so recently been through is doubly so. Thank you for sharing …. I love these focuses (or is it foci) on the parts of you. You make me regard myself and concentrate for a little while on the me that is me rather than just ignoring myself except when there is an ache or a pain or a bit that doesn’t move as well or as quickly or as slickly as I want it to.

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    • Thank you Osyth for the wonderful comment. Trust me I understand about those aches and pains and bits that don’t move as well – I have those also. But we need to remember this is the body given to us – we should respect it the best we can. Thanks for reading and commenting today – hope you are feeling better. 🙂

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  2. I am so sorry that you felt so bad at one time that you had to hit yourself with a belt. No-one deserves that. Most of us have abused our bodies at some time. I was 200 lbs and loathed my body. Now I love most of it and realize that it was always beautiful. May you continue on a journey of giving your body and mind the love it deserves.

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  3. I am right there with you Terry. I have abused this old body of mine way more than ten people would manage in a lifetime yet it still functions for me.
    I think back on the things I have done that I would never consider nowadays I am amazed I still move and breath and function as well as I do.
    Here’s to another 48 years for me but taken at a much gentler and more enjoyable pace without drugs, alcohol, cigarettes and unhealthy foods because when you get to our age these things are no longer the draw that they once were and I for one am glad for that because today it takes me all night to do what I used to do all night…. 😉

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  4. Well hello there…..he has arms, legs, a torso…..its like a puppet show, extremities are coming together….soon for the grand finale…the one, the only …..tatatadaaaaa Terry….can’t wait….and I am afraid I don’t know very many people, if any, who haven’t abused there bodies at some time…maybe Jack LaLanne…he was always pretty healthy…now you have me thinking of someone who has always been health conscious….hummmmmm anyway I love the way your stinging us all along……have a great Wednesday my friend….kat

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    • kat, you make laugh – thank you! Yes, I think we all realize we do some sort of abuse to our bodies, and we take for granted how wonderful our bodies are to us….and a great Wednesday to you as well! 🙂

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  5. Wonderful to be witness to the unveiling my friend.. And great that you are telling your body how much you love it.. It took me a while to unveil the Dreamwalker 🙂
    You should be so proud of the journey you have made.. And our bodies are miraculous things once our minds align within 🙂
    Have a Wonderful rest of the Week 🙂
    Sue

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  6. HEHEHE, aww thank you for sharing and I love your candid shots. They seriously made me giggle I love your sense of humor. Yes you will find that in most blogs unlike ones you find on popular magazines and articles, people here search you out for things they have in common with you and CHOOSE to following you! They want to get to know you care about who you are because they enjoy knowing someone else who shares their passions, thoughts, ideas, and quirks.

    I had a lot of the same apprehensions when I started blogging and as a psychologists I though I knew it could go several ways, positive and negative I was afraid of the negative because I am sensitive about being so open yet I had a need to bare it all for therapeutic reasons. But I learned immediately that it went this way as a result of like-minded individuals showing support much as addicition and counseling with their support groups or networking. It just works because everyone is so positive and has the choice to follow or keep looking because they are specifically looking for something belong to, not being bombarded with things they choose not to. They are not looking for negative things to go and shame; quite the opposite.

    Keep on exposing to whatever degree you will. Sometimes, though a bit of mystery allows us some comfort and fun to be something more, to reinvent ourselves. Enjoy that opportunity!

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    • Thank you very much for the comment, I appreciate it. I have enjoyed getting to know others through their blogs and their comments left on mine. And I agree it is therapeutic this blog of mine – it is helping me in so many ways. Thanks again, I hope your day is a wonderful. 🙂

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      • It is wonderfully amazing and I tell you meeting new people this way is just as great as meeting them in person because I feel as if I get to journey to new parts of the world through their eyes and I learn so many new things! {HUGZ}

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