This week's Write on Wednesdays challenge was to use the first Facebook status you come across as the prompt for five minutes of writing. A friend's status of 'Feeling Good' inspired this short piece, which stemmed from a conversation I had with a customer at work yesterday. It's a little different from the kind of writing I usually do. Let me know what you think :)
Standing back from the mirror, her gaze ran down her reflection from head to toe. She could finally see more than just the wide hips and post-pregnancy belly. Her eyes were no longer transfixed on the mole on her left cheek. The wrinkles around her eyes it now occurred to her could be laughter lines, rather than evidence of her depression. There had been a time when she had laughed.
The dark circles were beginning to disappear as the insomnia she had suffered with for so long began to loosen its grip.
Stretching out her neck, she realised with an inner smile that the bruises had faded. Her pale skin was unmarked. Untarnished. She couldn’t remember the last time her skin had looked that way. Would the memories fade just as the bruises had?
Her appearance no longer sent feelings of self-hatred through to her core. Her thoughts were no longer critical. The years of abuse and insults had made her beauty invisible to her. But no longer.
She was feeling good. Feeling free. Feeling beautiful.