Ever since puberty, I have wanted to hide you. I don't know where the belief came from, but I thought you were something the world should never see. You were always too white, too fat, too dimply, too hairy, too short. I never really saw you for the awesomeness you truly are.
It has taken me many years. Some belly dance and yoga has brought me to this point where I now appreciate you for what you do for me every day. Yes, you are now a little thinner than you used to be, but you are also much stronger. You carry me everywhere I go. You hold me in poses that some people think are impossible. You allow me to shimmy pretty darn well most days.
While I still have days where I feel like I should hide you from the world, I'm now at a point where I wear dresses that show you off some. I wear leggings, rather than flared or straight-legged trousers. I don't care as much if people see your veins or how big you are.
I've finally made some progress and I'm proud to show you off.