Updated: Apr 21, 2020
A little something I wrote last year, but still holds so true today as we head into summer! Remember to love yourself- your body is a beautiful body and every body is a bikini body!!
Right now, I’m sitting on the beach, toes in the sand, looking out at the horizon. There’s probably around a couple hundred people here on the beach- playing volleyball, swimming, tanning, laughing, and just having a relaxing time this Saturday. But, if I were to guess, I’d say there’s countless people here who are ashamed of their bodies or the way they look. But why? The beach is about relaxing, having fun, spending time with friends, or taking the opportunity to spend time with yourself. Why are we so fearful of the main vehicle that gives us the ability to go to the beach in the first place? Those reasons are for another blog post, but can you imagine a world where you and everybody else wasn’t fearful of their body? From experience, I can tell you that during the days of when my eating disorder was in control, and even before that, I would have had a much more enjoyable time at the beach without the anxieties that came along with going to the beach. My life would have been so much easier if I wasn’t so fearful of my body. I don’t want to be fearful anymore. I don’t want to worry about going to the beach and wondering how I might look compared to the “skinnier” girl ten feet away from me. I don’t want to worry about eating in my college student center- fearful of being judged for having a cookie with my lunch. I don’t want to miss out on parties or hanging out with my friends, because I can’t find anything to wear or because of how my jeans look on me.
I don’t want my body to hold me back.
I want my body to propel me forward- seizing opportunities, going to the beach, and rocking my jeans. I want to live fearlessly. Fearless of society’s beauty standards, my eating disorder, my body. I want to fearlessly and unapologetically accept myself. Imagine if we viewed our bodies as the beautiful, fueled vehicles that they are.
I want to take mine along for the ride. Are you with me?