I Am Hairy


This morning as I was putting on my warpaint, ready for another warrior day, I was mulling over my imperfections.

I have quite a few.

Some days I have more and some days I have less but there are quite a few nevertheless.

Some are like old friends, they never leave me, always there through thick and thin.

When the going gets tough, those less-than-perfects parts of me come to the fore, they sit on my shoulder and keep up a ongoing dialog, all-knowing and very confident.

Even rude.

Normally, I either try and fix the problem – lose the pounds, try a new makeup, get a consultation – or just ignore them.

But today, because I’m in this just-do-it-punk-rock phase, I decided to argue back.

I always get on with my friends so this was a major departure for me but you know, it was revealing.

Here is how it went.

(Warning: this was shocking for me to write and therefore may be shocking to read; you will learn something about me that possibly you’d rather have not…)

I am hairy.

Yes, it is true. Legs, arms, face, toes.

Bane of my life.

I’ve shaved, creamed, plucked, trimmed and waxed; and probably a few more things that I can’t remember.

Thankfully for me (and frankly, everyone else) I am blonde so I tell myself that no-one notices – a common tactic I employ when time, money, or energy run out trying to deal with a problem.

But every so often I fixate on it and feel, when people are talking to me, all they are noticing is the fact that I haven’t plucked my eyebrows for a week.

So today, instead, I decided to look at how hairy benefits me.

Give it a positive spin, you know?

Now, I can’t come up with a long list but I did come up with one huge, good thing from being a hairy woman: long eyelashes.

I have long brown eyelashes with fair tips. I mascara them within an inch of my life and often look like I’ve walked into two spiders webs simultaneously and picked up a couple of eight-legged equally hairy things along the way.

But I wouldn’t have them if I didn’t have long arm hair, now would I?

Another imperfection: short legs.

I am what Teresa Tapp calls a Long Torso/Short Leg body type which basically means I put weight on my thighs and develop saddlebags.


It also means that while I am reasonably tall, I have thick thighs and stubby (as well as stubbly) calves.

I also have knees that deserve their own weigh-in.

So this morning, when I admired myself in the full length mirror and heard that little voice telling me I have short legs, I retorted that because I have this body type with these imperfect legs, I have nice shoulders.

Which are near my face.

Which is what I want people to be looking at, right?

If I didn’t have short, stubby legs and fat knees, I might not have such nice shoulders and people would look down instead of up. So it’s good I have these legs, right?

It was very liberating, this argument.

Energy I would have spent trying to fix the problem, I spent bounding off to my day. Just by seeing the positive.

Can you pick one thing that bothers you and turn it around? Right now. Let me know in the comments!

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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Gwynne May 29, 2011 at 11:10 am

For the record, I’ve never noticed your stubby legs *or* fat knees. I’m always too busy looking at the adorable dresses you choose or your kind smile and air of poise. So there!


Alison Golden May 29, 2011 at 12:37 pm

Awww, thanks. I’ll try not to horrify you with my hairy arms next time I’m in the office. They need a shave now I come to think about it. πŸ˜‰


Julie Taha May 30, 2011 at 10:05 pm

Oh, I have those ankles that men have been warned never to marry into. I refuse to wear any pants that go past my knees, but above my ankles, because they will accentuate them. I think they are good for soccer and child bearing, both of which I’ve taken part in. There, I said it.


Alison Golden May 31, 2011 at 8:31 am

Good for you, Julie. My short calves have a similar effect on my wardrobe. πŸ˜‰


July 27, 2011 at 6:32 pm

One thing? Just one? Alright, it’s my mid-section. I hate my belly. It’s the first place I gain and the last place I lose weight. Hate it , hate it, hate it. I’ve never had “Abs” if you know what I mean.

And by the way, I have to stay away from the magnifying mirror. Ooooh, I rip myself apart after looking at my face in that thing. GAH!

I told you I was going to come read this post next πŸ˜‰
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Alison Golden July 27, 2011 at 10:01 pm

Oooh, I have one of those magnifying mirrors! I bought one after the house I stayed in over my 3 week vacation last year had one. OMG, after three weeks of no maintenance, you should have seen what I saw in that 10x mirror! On second thoughts, you shouldn’t…


Dawn November 1, 2011 at 11:01 am

I know I’m late on commenting but…

My belly area. I hate how large it is and am trying to lose it for my health BUT if I didn’t have such a large midsection I would have had internal bleeding when I had my accident 3 years ago and I wouldn’t be able to be as comfy of a bed for my toddler to fall asleep on (love the cuddles).


Alison Golden August 23, 2012 at 8:46 am

And I am late to reply, Dawn. I love how you’ve turned that around. When I had toddlers, I had that comfy pillow for my toddler too. They’re like small pets are they? πŸ™‚
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Dawn August 28, 2012 at 2:49 pm

Thanks. πŸ™‚ I want to get healthier but I figure we have to love our body where we are before we can love it into health. And when toddlers want to be they can be the best cuddly pets, lol.


Argie April 16, 2012 at 9:34 pm

We actually have the same problems. In my childhood days, I could remembered that I shaved my thighs, legs and arms. That might be the reason it turned like this, so hairy. Even though I hate this stuff, some people envy about it. πŸ™‚
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