In this day and age, the society demands something from us all the time. We act with regards to how other people will react to it. We always fear the possibility of getting judged by what we eat, how we eat, what brands are we dressed by, and how thin and thick we are. This may be a sad reality, but what is even sadder is that if we cling to what the society thinks of us, and think of it that way as well.
Kirsten Bosly, of Perth, Australia, never denied that she is huge for a woman’s size. Over the years, she sunk to herself that what she was, was far from the term “beauty”. In short, she was a plus size woman. With her figure, it was hard for her to love the sight of the beach where everyone was wearing their swimsuits. Kirsten knew that wearing something like that was beyond impossible for her. However, after hours of thinking about it when she and her family were on the beach, she then made a life-changing situation. She was contemplating about getting into her usual self, wear the clothes that would conceal her body, or just wear a revealing swimsuit. Unexpectedly, she chose the latter. She just chose to not conceal her excess body fat and just be herself. She shared this with people all around the world through her social media account, and since then, it was inspiring people. 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. And 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!”
This scenario changed the whole being of Kirsten. She realized that she did not need anyone’s approval for being happy, and especially, for showing who she can really be. She even explained everything further on the Today Show, where she said:
“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.”
This story surely reminds us to be loving and accepting of the people around us. And also, to love ourselves, and be true to who we really are. God loves us!