It’s been a while, I know, and I apologize to anyone who has been anticipating a response to a message or looking for more original posts. I’m hoping that this will be the first of more to come (now that I remembered my login info, oops.)
My life has been something of a whirlwind since I last posted any original content. I graduated university, moved away from my college town, and started working in ~the real world.~ I think this means I’m on the path to adulthood. I still have a long way to go, but overall, I’m happy with the progress that I have made.
Another way that I’ve recognized that I’m truly growing up is through your submissions and questions, dear readers.
I would say the average age (of the users that include their age in their messages) is about 17. In some ways, this makes me proud of this blog so far, and of the way I’ve tried to curate a collection of different viewpoints, showing young women that they’re not the only ones with insecurities or fears, or working towards self-acceptance and even love. When I was 17, a blog like this would have saved me some tears, I think.
In another sense, though, it makes my heart hurt, to learn that many of my readers are so young and so (perhaps this reveals my presumptuousness) impressionable. I can only hope that they take a good look through this blog and the works of others to see that surgery isn’t their only option. That happiness may not be just around the corner, as soon as a surgeon slips some plastic into their chest. That beauty and body-acceptance are nuanced concepts, truly variable in definition and manifestation, that attaining them is a lifelong journey for many, for so many reasons. That there are people other than plastic surgeons, their best friends, their mother, their ob/gyn, their boyfriend, etc. that they can confide in and with whom they can share ideas and hopes and fears and receive (perhaps less biased) feedback.
One of my biggest wishes is that this blog continues to act as a valuable resource to anyone who comes across it. Thank you for helping make this a reality so far.