The web and social networking are loaded up with immaculate images; picture perfect photos of amazing bodies. You won’t catch sight of a dimple, cellulite or visible fat rolls.
As a result we only want our best sides seen on camera. Society has become apprehensive about being analysed or receiving nasty remarks.
However for Kirsten Bosly, of Perth, Australia, she encountered a revelation that totally changed her perception of herself.
This new understanding set her free from the judgment she felt others saw when they looked at photographs of her in a swimming outfit.
While Kirsten was at the beach with family. Rather than enjoying her day, she felt embarrassed, humiliated and uneasy in her swimming outfit.
She stressed over people seeing her in her swimming wear. But since she realised this it is having an effect on numerous people around the globe.
Here’s what Kirsten shared: “Today marks a new beginning for me. For most of my life, I have hated my body. Despised it. Loathed it. Resented it. Wanted so very much for it to change; for it to be smaller, thinner… less ‘fat.’
”I’ve used it and abused it. I’ve blamed it for a lot of things. I’ve been terribly ashamed of its wobbles and dimples; like somehow they are the measure of who I am.
“I recently read a meme that said something along the lines of ‘be in pictures with your kids because when you’re gone, the pictures will be all they have left’ and it struck a nerve. I’ve avoided pictures most of the time as I disliked how I looked in them.”
“Not anymore! The truth is, I’m tired of being ashamed of my body; it’s done nothing but support me for 41 years…. So today I let go.
“I let go of the hatred and resentment of this body of mine and chose to enjoy it for what it is; my body. I asked The Pants to take this photo, so the kids will remember us enjoying this day together, cellulite and all.
“No cover-up. No board shorts. No ‘modesty’ towel. No filters. Just us. You know what I’m actually not really ashamed.”
“I look at this photo, and all I can see is how happy we are, and that’s awesome. I finally feel free, and it feels awesome!”
Kirsten continues to live free of the shame and discomfort she once suffered all thanks to this life-changing discovery.
She explained further how this epiphany came about in the first instance: “I was standing on the beach, stressing out about it, and just had a moment of clarity when I realized the only person judging me in that moment was me.
“Nobody was paying me any attention and the only thing stopping me from just letting go and embracing myself fully was a bag full of hang-ups that I had created and chosen to carry around.”
When surround by those we love it’s important to feel comfortable in our own skin. Those closest to us don’t care about our imperfections, they just love us.
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