Confession: I think I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve worn a swimsuit in public in the past ten years.
Last year me & my BFF went shopping and I was feeling particularly good about myself. I bought a super cute suit that was quite tight-just hoping I’d fit into it in a month or so-and it sat in my closet. For the whole year.
A couple weeks ago my kids wanted to go swimming & my in laws have a little pool, so I got them all ready to go. 4 year old said, “Aren’t you going to get in with us? Where’s your swimsuit?” Then 2 year old said, “Yeah mom-you too?”
I had an excuse on the edge of my tongue about how I’d just watch them from the side or something, but instead I surprised myself by saying, “okay, just wait here.”
I got my suit on and we went swimming.
Because it was important to my kids.
I don’t look like a swimsuit model and I’m not at the place physically I dream of being, but wearing the suit was certainly great motivation, and guess what? My kids didn’t care. They were ecstatic that I was in the pool with them, playing, laughing, and enjoying myself without worrying about what I looked like or everyone else was thinking. We had a blast!
I’m going to continue working toward my goal of just completely rocking that suit & many others to come, but I’m also challenging myself to embrace the opportunities to enjoy myself with my kiddos and to not keep them from fun experiences with me because of my self consciousness.
Is there something in your life you’ve avoided doing because you’re uncomfortable or self conscious? If so, I’m challenging you today to just do it! I’d love to hear about it.
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