There has been a lot of attention on women’s body image issues lately. Mom’s are posting their bikini-clad post-baby bodies left and right. And I think it’s awesome. I want women to feel great about their bodies.
But I’m just not going to jump on the bikini-bandwagon. Can’t do it. As much as I’d love to be the type of woman who proudly displays her “tiger stripes” as a childbearing badge of honor, I’m just not her.
I did wear them, several years ago. But nowadays, if you see me at the pool or the beach, I won’t be in a bikini. My mom-bod will be wearing a one-piece.*
The real reason I don’t wear a bikini is simple. I just don’t feel as comfortable in one.
I don’t feel comfortable walking around without a cover-up on when I’m in a bikini. And I don’t feel as comfortable jumping in the pool and playing with my kiddos.
But it doesn’t mean that I’m ashamed of my body. That’s not the reason I don’t show off my midsection. I don’t feel bad or embarrassed or like I need to hide. I don’t feel scared or anxious.
Sure, I’d love to be more fit. But I’m not ashamed of the fact that I’m not. The body I have today is the result of many choices and sacrifices I’ve made that I wouldn’t trade for the world. It is also the result of many poor eating and exercising choices that I would love to take back. But they were my choices that I made knowing full well the consequences. And I’m not ashamed.
And I mean, really? It’s just not that big of a deal to me. There is so much more to me than my body. I have much more to worry about or be proud of than whether or not I’m “brave enough” to wear a bikini. (And for the record, I don’t think it should take bravery. I think wearing a bikini should simply take the desire to wear one. Which I do not have.)
Moms. Women. We don’t have to wear bikinis to be strong and empowered. If you love wearing a bikini – more power to you! Please, wear it loud and proud. I’m HAPPY for you. But that doesn’t mean every women needs to do it. So please, don’t feel like you are being a coward if you prefer to don your one-piece.
*I don’t actually wear a one-piece. I wear a tankini. You know, the kind that is two-pieces but the top is long like a tank-top so that it actually covers your midsection like a one-piece. And I wear a tankini for one really good reason: I don’t like having to get completely undressed just to use the restroom.
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