Ends of years are times to reflect, to look back on what you did and what happened to you in the previous twelve months. This year is a particularly reflective one, as I think about how much I have changed physically. It’s also the end of a decade, and it’s fascinating, yet jarring, to see how much I have changed in the last ten years. Will you take a walk down memory lane with me?
Let’s start with 2019:
Wow! That’s some gallery of images, right? My hair has grown! The color has changed! I’ve gotten haircuts!
It’s not only my hair that has changed, though. I have struggled with my weight. I gained weight while on chemo, lost weight after radiation, gained more weight once I started taking two new meds, etc. At the end of 2019 I weigh more than I have in my entire life. Being flat chested–I mean seriously flat–and having a belly gives me that Buddha belly look. It’s something most flatties bemoan but must deal with. Sometimes I will wear prosthetics to reduce the appearance of my belly. Sometimes I won’t. I have options. I wish my stomach were flat, but it will never be. That’s life.
If you look at how I have changed since 2009, you will see how much I have aged. That’s another part of life. Aging means you’re alive, though, so I’ll take it.
Here are some photos of me from 2009.
I used to wear tiny glasses. I used to have naturally dark blonde, very straight hair. I used to have longish hair. I used to be thinner.
Times change and we adapt. Although I look back and reflect on what I used to look like, I know that the best thing that I can do for myself is accept the way I look now and focus on enjoying life.
2009, it was fun, you’re long gone. Cya, 2019. Thanks for the hairdos.
Looking forward to 2020 and exploring more hairstyles and colors.
Peace out, friends. Take care of yourselves!