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Our Scars Are Beautiful

I saw a movie recently. I don’t remember much about it, but at the end, the heroine of the movie was saved from certain death all because she was scarred. She had suffered as a child. She had lost her parents, been sexually abused, and the way she dealt with her pain was to cut herself. The scars that were left behind saved her from a psychopath who had made it his job to hurt or kill those who had never suffered. When he saw her scars, he set her free.

We all have suffered in some way. We all bear the evidence of that suffering. Some of us carry noticeable markings of the pain, others, not at all. So often, we overlook the beauty of our scars. The heroic way our broken skin blends with new to form a masterpiece. A masterpiece that once shared, could heal a broken spirit.

Someone very close to me has a large scar on her leg. As a little girl, I remember thinking how pretty it was. The path of swirls, the shadows, the light, the dark; it spoke to me and I was mesmerized. I don’t know if I have ever shared that with her. I don’t know if she ever saw the beauty of that scar, but the picture it painted in my head made me feel unafraid, bold.

Let us not be ashamed of our scars. Let us never hide the battles we survived to obtain the beauty that makes us who we are. We are broken, but we are beautiful.

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  • Erin Rush moderator
    2 years ago

    What a beautiful, poetic way to describe the journey of life with a chronic condition like MS, Erica! In a world where “typical” beauty is forever pushed on us, it’s so wise to realize that true beauty is not in our sameness, or the way we try to look like everyone else, but in our differences — our battles, our successes, our scars.

    And I think it’s so beautiful that as a child, you had such an imaginative and open response to the scar of a loved one. Children can be great at accepting the world in their own way.

    If you don’t already, I encourage you to keep in writing AND sharing your words. You definitely have a gift.

    Thank you for sharing and for helping us all see our scars in a different light.

    Best, Erin, Team Member.

  • ericawilson author
    2 years ago

    Wow! Thank you so much for your beautiful sentiment and encouragement. I have learned to see the beauty (most of the time, anyway) in the ugliest situations. Thank you for taking the time to comment, Erin!

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