Thoughts By Natalie

On Not Having The Words

Sometimes, the words just don’t come. I sit and stare and the blank screen, hearing to get my feelings out, but somehow unable to transfer thoughts into type. As you may have guessed by now, I’m experiencing a bit of writer’s block. This is something all of us go through, no doubt (certainly back when we were writing high school essays), but I can’t help but feel frustrated that, when given this platform to share openly and honestly about both the silly and the serious, I can’t seem to say what I mean to say.

I want to write about body image and the battle we all have with our reflections. I want to write about my own struggle with self-image as I fight the seemingly endless fight against my ever-itchy eczema (and also that I know I could have way worse battles in life). I want to write about the amazing ways my husband helps me see that my attractiveness is not dependent on my outward appearance. I want to write about how important it is to remind ourselves, day after day, that our beauty does not come from the way we wear our hair, jewelry or clothes, but rather by the way we treat others and respect ourselves and those around us. I want to write about learning to embrace my strong personality as well as my strong, curvy body. I want to write about the perfectionist in my head that never lets me be good enough, funny enough, smart enough or pretty enough. I want to write about something real, deep and true.

I want to write, but I can’t. Those words aren’t ready yet—they’re still forming within, waiting to be carefully uncovered like a precious fossil. As Ernest Hemingway once said,

“There is no rule on how to write. Sometimes it comes easily and perfectly; sometimes it’s like drilling rock and then blasting it out with charges.”

Here’s to doing a little bit of drilling and praying that these words come out soon enough.

Do you ever feel like you can’t express what’s going on inside? How do you deal with it?

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This is part of the Love Yourself Linkup—an ongoing series by women around the web focusing on self image and body image. In our posts, we will talk about our thoughts on these subjects, tell stories of our personal experience, share what has inspired us, challenged us, and more. Read my previous posts in the series here, and join the conversation by hitting “enter” below.y previous posts in the series here, and join the conversation by hitting “enter” below.

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