Love Your Scars

Considering how many scars I’m about to have from my lung transplant combined with my surgery from last year, I found this article that I stole from Buzzfeed particularly appropriate and awesome.

1) Scars Represent Survival
“A scar does not form on the dying. A scar means, I survived.” -Chris Cleave, Little Bee.

2) They symbolize healing
“If your body is game enough to knit itself back together after a hard physical lesson, to make scar tissue, that means you’re still alive, means you’re on the path toward healing.” -Dana Jennings, The New York Times.

3) Scars prove that you’re tough
“Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.” -Kahlil Gibran.

4) They mean that you’re human
“It’s a shallow life that doesn’t give a person a few scars.” -Garrison Keillor.

5) Scars serve as tangible evidence of lessons you’ve learned
“The wound is the place where the Light enters you.” -Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī.

6) They relate tales of overcoming adversity.
“Our scars tell stories. Sometimes they’re stark tales of life-threatening catastrophes, but more often they’re just footnotes to the ordinary but bloody detours that befall us on the roadways of life.” -Dana Jennings, The New York Times

7) Scars tell stories of hope
Sad words are just another beauty. A sad story means, this storyteller is alive. The next thing you know something fine will happen to her, something marvelous, and then she will turn around and smile.” -Chris Cleave, Little Bee.

8) They make us unique
“There is absolutely not just one story of what a scar is. Everybody makes their own meaning, and these meanings can be totally different.” -Gretchen Case.

9) Scars are beautiful
“If I could design something, I don’t think I could do it better.” -Seal, on the scars on his face.

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