To make myself feel better I often refer to them as my tiger stripes.
They've marked their territory and although it took me years to finally accept their existence -- I've finally given in. They're here as a reminder that beauty comes in all forms, shapes and sizes. They've graced my thighs and my torso making my body their home -- I suppose they've gotten rather comfortable. I've tried oils and butters to permanently erase them. I've even constantly tried to cover them up with clothing, in hopes of keeping them a secret. It took me awhile, but I finally realized that they invade everyone's temple -- well most. Although, I'm not much a fan of surprise visits -- them camping out on my body allowed me to realize my true beauty.
As women we often compare our flaws to our beauty, when in all actuality those things we see as 'flaws' are simply beautiful.
Are flaws make us who we are and as much as we criticize our bodies day in and day out -- the beauty still lies there.
Embrace your tiger stripes, you've earned them.
Whether they're visible or not so visible, they are more than likely there for a reason. If you have stretch marks because you gave birth to a beautiful being, those marks are a reminder that you're a woman and capable of bringing a life into the world. How beautiful is that? If you earned those marks as a reminder of how much weight you've lost -- look at those marks as a trophy because you won.
Beauty is so much more than skin deep, it begins within. You can't love your outside until you love your inside. Get to know yourself and you'll soon realize, those stretch marks are nothing more than tiger stripes and little reminders of how awesome and beautiful you truly are.