Live Confident and Free

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Summer is a season many people look forward to. It’s a time for barbeques, parties, countless days at the beach, road trips and vacations. Summer is also a time when insecurities can be heightened. Many of women would love to show their bodies or simply feel comfortable and beautiful wearing a bathing suit, sleeveless top or shorts, but instead they cover up. They cover up because of the stretch marks on their breasts, thighs and buttocks, the cellulite on their legs, the scar on their abdomens and the vitiligo on their faces and arms.

I have not always loved my body, so I have not always felt comfortable wearing certain things. I have never worn a two-piece bathing suit, though I’ve wanted to. When going to the beach or pool, I’ve always worn shorts with a tank top or long T-shirt.

In a few weeks, I’ll be vacationing with my sister and yesterday she asked when we’d be going shopping for a bathing suit. At first, I was surprised by the question because I hadn’t thought about it in some time. But I’ve decided to shop for and hopefully purchase one, I believe, for the first time in my life.

I have learned to love my body over time, even with my perceived imperfections. The scars and marks haven’t disappeared. But I’ve chosen to embrace them. If I didn’t, I may never have decided to wear a bathing suit for years to come.

Sometimes you have to act while afraid or uncomfortable. And in doing so you are liberated. Oftentimes, you may realize your fears aren’t justified. We worry so much about what others may think of us or say about us, yet those same people offer no significant value to our lives or may not even care about our lives, what we do, say or think.

I could’ve chosen to continue letting things I may not love about my body cause me to cover up, or I could’ve embraced everything about it. I choose to love my body as it is, believing it is beautiful, because scars and marks don’t determine beauty. My body is beautiful. Your body is beautiful!

You may not like certain things about your body, things you may not be able to change. I hope you don’t choose to just exist or limit yourself from certain things because of what you don’t like about your body. I hope you choose to live confident and free.

Wearing a bathing suit, whether a two-piece or one-piece, isn’t a necessity if you simply don’t like them. It’s not about flaunting your body to show others what you’ve got or to intimidate other women. It’s about wearing something you want to wear because you look and feel amazing in it, inspite of any flaws you believe you have. 

NOVIA REID (www.noviareid.com) is a Florida-based inspirational and transformational speaker, licensed clinical social worker and author of Just You and I: Devotions from the Heart and Woman: This is for You.

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