Like every other living human being, I have a body. It’s not a perfect body. It’s a little bigger than I’d like. Its hair is going grey, and I think some of it might be starting to fall out.
But it is my body. And so I spend a little bit of time every day taking care of it and grooming it. I trim its hair. I wash it. I put on its glasses so it can see better. I pick out clothes that I think will make it look decently good.
I like to think I don’t do this because this is what society expects of me, although, if I’m being honest, that plays a role. But for the most part, I just want my body to be in decent working order and to be proud of how it looks.
I don’t believe that my body is all there is to me. But still, for this life, at least, it’s all I’ve got. So while I could take better care of it—eat better, exercise more, put less crap in it—I try to make sure it runs as well as it can.
We rarely think about how much time we spend taking care of our bodies. I’m not just talking about grooming and getting dressed. Eating. Sleeping. These things take up hours every day. That’s kind of a lot of work, and you don’t get paid for any of it—unless you’re a professional model, and even they don’t get paid for sleeping.
The other thing that’s funny about our bodies is how weird it can be to talk about them or even think about them too hard. Filming this video was incredibly uncomfortable for me—but I’m not doing anything wrong. I’m not even doing anything odd. I’m doing what almost every person who’s able to afford a home with a shower does to themselves, almost every single day.
But we don’t like to talk about it. Some people don’t even like to think about it.
I think we should be more okay with our bodies. I think we should appreciate them a little bit more. I think we should appreciate the ways in which they’re weird and the ways in which they’re great. They’re our tools. I use mine to write my books and to make these YouTube videos. And over and over again, I spend a little time and take it on this little journey, all to get it ready to pull out the camera, sit down, and say to you:
Hello Rebel and welcome back to my life.