I have gone back and forth, up and down about all the bathing suit options. My husband shudders when I bring up swimsuits because he knows what’s coming – the onslaught of a suit not fitting right, my perception of my body in it and the endless questions I ask him about what he thinks about this spot here or that spot there.
I have worn bikinis, tankinis and one-piece swimsuits. And honestly, I have complaints about them all. Rarely have I felt comfortable or happy with any of them. I have always known that it was my body that I was frustrated by deep down and not really the swimsuits, but I have let my annoyance with both get out of hand at times.
Swimsuits – you let me hang out beside the pool/beach and soak in the sun. You let me swing my daughter around in the pool and go down water slides.
We haven’t always gotten along, but I think it’s time to call a truce. I'll stop expecting you to turn me into someone I'm not, and I'll appreciate your pattern/style and what you enable me to do. In turn, I'm taking back all the power I gave you that doesn't belong to you.
In solidarity, let's join the movement of making summer about SUMMER - the activities, the food, the fun - and not about swimsuits.
Here's to walking in freedom and confidence this summer, no matter what you rock at the beach or pool.