Tiger Stripes

To all the Mamas out there ,

Look down at your stretch marks. Your scars. Your stretched out skin. These are your tiger stripes. Your badge of honor. You may try to use all the creams and work outs wanting to erase them. But tigers don’t do that. They wear them on the outside.

Mamma, you are the one who is fearless. You are the one who pushes your body not for yourself but for the little worlds you want to give your all to. Your stripes are more stunning that a six pack. Your stripes are selfless not selfish. They are the result of bringing in life not serving its own. You may hate them, but others would kill for them. These marks are the beauty the world cannot see. That the world is missing out on. No more letting the world feed you with lies of defining beauty. Don’t let it take away the truth behind your stripes. Count them as your blessings, because that is what they are.

You are beautiful,

you are strong,

you are fearless,

you are selfless,

you are a mom.

If you know a mama who needs a bit of encouragement please share

The Worshiping Mom

A Completely Different Women

23 thoughts on “Tiger Stripes

  1. I’m not a mom but a dad instead, to six kids. One thing I can say about the experience of pregnancy is that while it changed the body of my wife, I found those changes to be for the better. They were signs of strength and resiliency of the human race to keep on moving forward. I don’t think any woman should ever be ashamed of her body. We wear our scars as badges of honour. My personal story is immeshed in cancer and other related medical issues. Each scar I have is a story of what I’ve been through. I’m not ashamed to tell my story behind every scar…. it’s the same for stretch marks, no woman should ever be afraid of outwardly displaying her story.

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  2. This is so beautiful Hyla and so inspiring! Wow, love how you compare the stretch marks to tiger stripes and badge of honor. This post deserves to be reposted, shared and retweeted everywhere for mother’s day!

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  3. This has to be one of the most encouraging and beautiful things I’ve read. Mommies should read this and it will definitely make them feel better about those stretch marks.

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  4. Thank you for the reminder! I’m not normally one to be self-conscious because – as a pale ginger whose tan is still white – I’ve never matched others with my skin appearance and habits. But every now and then I look down and realize those stretch marks show up below the leg of my shorts and find myself thinking, “Why didn’t I change /before/ I went out in public.”

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  5. Thank you for this beautiful reminder. Though I’m so grateful for my motherhood, it’s not always easy for me to deal with its effects on my body. I frequently find myself having to stamp down those unwanted insecurities.


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