Friday 13 March 2020

FINDING ME - Body Positive Poem

FINDING ME - Body Positive Poem by Amena Azeez

When I started my self-acceptance and body positive journey, I had no clue how and where it was going to take me. I just knew that I had to get off the vicious self-hate and toxic diet culture cycle that had consumed more than half my life. As I found ways to embrace and accept my body, I felt more liberated and comfortable sharing parts of my life and lived experience. It started with sharing my photos. Next, I found the confidence to voice my feelings and views. And finally, I found the strength and was able to talk about the same with a larger audience. However, one aspect of my body positive journey I never shared with anyone are my poems. I started writing poems to put into words my innermost feelings. Things I could not express in any other way would flow out of me as poems. Some were healing words, while others were my rawest most bitter feelings. Writing poems was the most cathartic experience for me. It gave me the freedom to say things I would have never found the courage to even admit to myself. In doing so I was able to free myself and unlearn thing I had been conditioned to believe for years.

After much contemplation I have finally decided to share my poems. I hope they can help you in your journey just like they helped me in mine - Amena