I see things differently

When I look in the mirror

As opposed to when someone else looks at me.

I obsess over stretch marks and acne scars 

That are reminiscent of years of struggles

Years of tears and not being content with myself.

And moments of being too scared to look in the mirror

Or even leave the house. 

Others don’t see these things in a negative light

They see stretch marks as a victory

For gaining or losing weight

For working hard for the body you want

And acne scars as a normal part of life.

I wish I could see what they see

When they look back at me

But it is a slow process

Of coming to peace with myself.

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