We are torn between nostalgia for the familiar and an urge for the foreign and strange. As often as not, we are homesick most for the places we have never known. We may go there through our imaginations and the written word.
"Your body is not ruined. You're a goddamn tiger who earned her stripes." Dudes can have stretchmarks too, so it applies there as well. Stretchmarks are also a pretty common thing. No one should feel ashamed about them!