Kirsten Bosly, of Perth, Australia was at the beach with her family recently – but instead of enjoying the fun with her loved ones, Kirsten felt uncomfortable, embarrassed and ashamed in her bathing suit. Kirsten felt that wearing a bathing suit as a plus-sized woman as was an extremely stressful situation.
However, after several hours of dreading the thought of people looking at her in a bathing suit, Kirsten had a life-changing epiphany.
Now her wise words are making an impact online …
The moment they returned to the house, Kirsten jumped on the computer and shared her important realization. She wrote:
“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 any more! 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.
Any you know what? I’m not ashamed. Really.
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!”
Thanks to this life-changing realization, Kirsten can enjoy precious moments with her family. She knows there’s no reason to worry about what other people might think constantly!
In an emotional email to the Today Show, Kirsten elaborated on how the epiphany popped up in the first place:
“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.”
Everyone should feel comfortable in their own skin and get to enjoy the special time spent with their loved ones!
Kirsten is hopeful that her body-positive realization will help others feel more comfortable with their bodies! We all deserve to live life with a smile on our faces.