imperfections

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So I was out shopping today when I passed an Aerie store. My cousin pointed out that the butt in the huge advertisement (second photo) had stretch marks. I was confused. But after second look I realized that there were stretch marks. “Wow!” I thought, “I can’t believe they didn’t airbrush that out!” I wanted to take a picture but there were people sitting on a bench in view of it, so I decided to to go in and find the picture. Much to my surprise, she was not the only one displaying imperfections! Their slogan is “The real you is sexy.” In amazement I took pictures throughout the store. I’m sure they thought I was a creep but that didn’t stop me. I had to pass this along to those who haven’t seen it. My question is, how isn’t this a bigger deal? Am I weird for thinking this is so awesome? I even made a point to say “Wow, I have to take a picture of this, that could be me!” A sales associates just chuckled. But little did she know I was so serious.

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as a geologist, I feel like I have to mention this

Ruby and Sapphire are so devoted to and in love with one another that they live as a fusion - together, they become one person

but chemically, sapphires and rubies are both variations of aluminum oxides, or the mineral corundum

they’re literally both Al2O3 with trace amounts of iron (for blue) or chromium (for red) in their crystal structure, which are technically called “impurities”

essentially, they’re made of the exact same stuff

so to me, the fact that Ruby and Sapphire love each other so much that they live as a fusion is like them saying that in spite of whatever “imperfections” they might have, inside they are one and the same, just two halves of one powerful and beautiful whole

“And if I am a rose

I do not want a boy

Who will cut off my thorns

In the name of love.

Because I would rather wait,

Through wind and rain,

For one who

Does not wince

When he touches me;

And does not run

When my edges

Become too rough.

I would rather wait

For one

Who sits outside

During the storm

Instead of fleeing indoors

To escape the rain.

I will wait for the boy

Who is not so terrified

To love thorns,

But instead

Holds them close to his heart

And into his chest;

All the while whispering:

I love you,

I love you,

I swear it,

I do.”

—  Excerpt from a book I’ll never write #49

I am chipped nail polish,
I am stretch marks.
I have a body that moves with the sun,
rises and falls.
My heart has deep tremors
that shake a loosened core.


If you promise to love
my imperfections,
I promise to love yours.

—  Michelle K., Promise to Love.
make a radical change in your lifestyle and begin to boldly do things which you may previously never have thought of doing, or been too hesitant to attempt. So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservation, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun. If you want to get more out of life, you must lose your inclination for monotonous security and adopt a helter-skelter style of life that will at first appear to you to be crazy. But once you become accustomed to such a life you will see its full meaning and its incredible beauty.
—  Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild
The moon is a loyal companion. It never leaves. It’s always there, watching, steadfast, knowing us in our light and dark moments, changing forever just as we do. Every day it’s a different version of itself. Sometimes weak and wan, sometimes strong and full of light. The moon understands what it means to be human. Uncertain. Alone. Cratered by imperfections.
—  Tahereh Mafi, Shatter Me