I’ll admit it: my legs, feet, hands, and arms aren’t always the prettiest. As a trail runner and CrossFitter, I’m often sporting scars, scrapes, calluses, and even bruises. Even though I will not be next summer’s flip flop model, I love my scrapes, scars, and calluses.
My scars and scrapes are badges of honor. My calluses are a sign of hard work. Several days a week I am trail running in the woods, strength training, or attending CrossFit classes. My body takes a beating. Sticks and rocks from the trails have caused numerous scrapes that turn into scars. Handling heavy weights, burpees, push ups, rope climbs (etc) in CrossFit class have built up calluses on my palms.
But guess what? These marks show that I am showing up. Every day, every week, every month. They show that I am working hard, and not choosing the easy way out. They show that I am out there living my life to the fullest and not just sitting on the sidelines. My scars and calluses are proof that I am dedicated to challenging myself.
Proof of Hard Work
These cosmetic imperfections are minor compared to what they have earned me. A scar on my arm from falling during a trail race? That earned me a spectacular run through the mountains of Colorado on challenging and exhilarating terrain. The scar on my shin from climbing a rope? I earned that and can claim that I CAN climb a rope. And the calluses from clean and jerking the barbell? I have earned every single plate on the end of that barbell and gained more than just rough hands.
Now that doesn’t mean I don’t take care of myself or my skin. On the contrary, I make sure to treat my skin well and heal any injury I may have. Using natural products, exfoliating scrubs, and essential oils keep my skin in top shape. (Part of my inspiration for my handmade soaps and scrubs was to give my skin the nourishing products it needed!). But I am not embarrassed that my hands and legs might look a little “rough”.
Earn Your Scars and Calluses
What scars do you have that you earned? What calluses do you have to show your hard work? Be proud of every scrape, scar and callus that you have. Be proud that you are putting yourself out there and working hard. Remember that your scars and calluses show that you are living life!