I try to keep scars unedited in my pictures. We all have them. They shouldn’t be something we hide or are ashamed of. Scars are physical proof that we’ve lived a real life.
I have a nasty gash on my left arm from when I was running in high school and collided with a kid on a mountain bike. Getting hit by a bike really hurts by the way as it totally knocks the wind out of you. I also have a series of horizontal lines on my forearms which are the tell tale sign that you’ve spent some time in a professional kitchen. The oven walls are hot (obviously) and taking metal sheet pans of food in and out will inevitably leave you with some scars. But my favorite scar of all is the one on top of my right foot. I got that one as a child when I dropped scalding hot oatmeal on my foot and then ran to my mom to show her that I dropped oatmeal on my foot only for her to tell me to take it off!
On social media, we’re always sharing our best pictures, the happy ones, the glamorous ones, the things that show the world that we’re living our best life. What can sometimes get glossed over is the realness. No matter who you are or where you started out in life, everyone struggles at some point and everyone has scars to prove it whether they’re physically on our bodies or just in our minds. The overused adage that whatever doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger does have some validity. It’s just that the trick in life as you get older is to make sure you still maintain a sense of innocence and child like wonder and not get too jaded. Let’s all make sure we get back up after we fall.
Model: @adamartini @onemanagement