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04 February 2007 @ 06:51 am
14valentines Day #3 - Kanji icons #208 - #273
Day three of 14valentines focusses on Body Image.

Kanji Icons #001 - #102
Kanji icons #103 - #207

Kanji icons #208 - #273

This is the halfway point in the alphabet. More soon!

As before, comments are nice - credit is only necessary for the icons with text - the textless ones may be used as bases.

home, family
208 209 210

honesty, integrity, loyalty
211 212

213 214

215 216

inner sanctuary
217 218

219 220

integrity, uprightness
221 222

223 224

225 226

justice, righteousness
227 228

229 230

231 232

laugh, smile
233 234 235

leader, chief, boss
236 237

238 239

240 241

242 243

244 245

living only for the pleasures of the moment
246 247 248

249 250

love, affection
251 252

love, be in love, beloved
253 254

loyal, faithful
255 256 257

memory, remembrance, remember
258 259 260

261 262

263 264

morality, integrity
265 266 267

268 269

mother nature
270 271

272 273

Body Image is a subject I know something about, being, as the medical profession puts it, 'morbidly obese'. If I go to see the doc, my weight is always the first thing the he focusses on, no matter what ailment I'm suffering from, and if my blood pressure and cholesterol levels get checked, they always end up being redone because the results come back fine and normal and that can't possibly be right, now can it? (Though it invariably, repeatably, is.)

I grew up hearing, 'If you just lost the puppy fat you'd be pretty' and 'She'd be lovely if she weren't so... you know'. I spent a lot of my childhood depressed and on diets, none of which worked worth a damn and did nothing but screw up my metabolism.

The thing is, if I want to, I can still kiss my own toes. *g* Big doesn't mean inflexible. I can still dance the night away, and I can still take home a pretty young thing or a big strapping bodybuilder if I so desire because, yeah, I'm flexible and I have stamina.

I've learned to do what makes me happy, and if that means eating an extra chocolate or three and buying a blouse a size bigger than I need to, just because I like the wiggle room, I smile while I do it.

Nobody's perfect, and real life doesn't come with an airbrush artist ready to smooth away the odd wrinkle or stray hair. Most of the time, the only person who sees your 'flaws' is you. Stop looking for them, please.

Day #4 Kanji Icons #274 - #370
V-Day Kanji Icons #371 - #602

I am Derek's vocal eyebrows: trw; jack/jack [me]literati on February 4th, 2007 06:53 am (UTC)
yay! they're all so lovely!

darkhavens: jack/jack [literati]darkhavens on February 4th, 2007 07:02 am (UTC)
thank you, baybee! :D
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darkhavens: change [darkhavens]darkhavens on February 4th, 2007 09:29 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'm glad you're enjoying the icons, and that what I've said has hit home. Curves are nothing to be ashamed of. Look at ancient fertility symbol - if it's female, she has curves and rolls and bulges. She's zaftig! (Such a wonderful word. :D )

I don't have a 'hope' kanji in the collection I amassed from online, but I have just googled and found this, which is a collection of six different possibilities. If you want to choose one, I'll make it up and add it to the next batch. We all need a bit of hope!
it only burns when I breathe: misc_kanji-faith_darkhavensspikedluv on February 4th, 2007 08:34 pm (UTC)
Lovely! I snagged another handful. Some of them I liked, and some I thought would be perfect for some of my favorite characters. *g* Thanks so much for sharing them!

(And your comment about self-image struck a chord. Thank you for saying it, because I need to hear things like that. Over and over. *g*)
darkhavens: change [darkhavens]darkhavens on February 4th, 2007 09:42 pm (UTC)
Character icons, what a wonderful idea. :D

{{{hugs you}}} I wavered about adding a personal body image viewpoint to this post, but I'm glad I did. You're the second person to thank me for it and that's two more than I really expected, not because it wouldn't resonate with others, but because it's still almost a taboo to say 'I'm not a twiglet, and I don't care!'
wojelahwojelah on February 5th, 2007 05:00 am (UTC)
Snagging 226 and 241. And what you wrote about yourself, matches much about me as well. Only much more eloquently put. :)
darkhavens: change [darkhavens]darkhavens on February 17th, 2007 07:24 pm (UTC)
Thanks! And {{{hugs}}}
Laura: 14druidspell on February 5th, 2007 06:03 pm (UTC)
I love these icons.
darkhavens: change [darkhavens]darkhavens on February 17th, 2007 07:26 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Me too, though i never expected to post 602 of them. (My hand still aches from all the copying and pasting of code. *g*)
sparrowhawk17sparrowhawk17 on February 5th, 2007 11:14 pm (UTC)
These are great!! I really like what you said about body image...I think it's something a lot of people need to hear.

darkhavens: change [darkhavens]darkhavens on February 17th, 2007 07:27 pm (UTC)
Thank you! {{{hugs}}}