I posted a picture of myself wearing a bathing suit on the internet, and immediately I sat here going, “did I seriously just post a picture of myself wearing a bathing suit on the internet?” And well yes I suppose I did, and I won’t apologize for it.
I realize that my body shape doesn’t fit within the societal definition of perfect. I am not a size 2. But the picture is amazing, and it fulfills the need that I posted it for. It isn’t a political statement, or a form of protest against unfair beauty standards, it simply fit the post I was working on. I needed a post from our trip to Puerto Vallarta and it just happened that we spent the majority of our time in bathing suits on the beach, or snorkeling, boat riding and swimming with dolphins (yes, we swam with dolphins, yes it was an amazing educational experience, and yes I realize many are against dolphins in captivity).
When I sat down to think about it, I had to wonder what I was really worried about. The picture was posted on my Facebook page previously and there was no negativity from my friends demanding that I take it down. There were no reports of anyone losing their eyesight, or needing counselling after viewing the picture. In fact the picture, as well as others from our trip, was well received.
Why would the opinions of random people on the internet who I’ve never even met matter so much? And in reality it doesn’t. There will always be haters. I am a work in progress. I will always be a work in progress, and I’m okay with that.
We had a great trip to Puerto Vallarta, and our photographs commemorate the memories that we made as a family. Bathing suit or not the pictures are awesome and I’m tired of feeling ashamed of my body.
To all the haters out there, I’m not listening.