The Oh Waily family is currently enjoying a family holiday in a hot and sunny location. It involves a lot of sun, swimming pool time and random acts of self-care.
Usually, in my rather self-effacing and understated way, I avoid anything that might make me look slightly silly in public. I’m a life-long ‘sensible’ person after all and could not let the SP team down by doing anything remotely out there.
Today I learned a very simple and powerful life lesson. The world will not stop turning if I show up at the swimming pool wearing a bikini. Everyone will not drop their morning coffee in their laps and the small children will not exit the pool running for their Mummy’s protection.
Finally I have broken that mental barrier that says I need to have no cellulite, wobbly bits (other than those bits that are expected by general society to wobble attractively), and be somewhat bronzed. You see, I fail pretty much on all those counts. There is definitely cellulite and childbearing has resulted in areas of remaining wobble that is not of ‘the attractive’ kind. I would qualify for the finals of many ‘whitest person’ awards and other than a healthy spattering of freckles that are trying to merge into a bronzed one-ness, I am unlikely to ever join the healthy tan brigade.
So today’s life lesson for you all to take on board is…. don’t let some silly mental story about what ‘looks right’ stop you from enjoying something as simple as letting the sun and water wash over your body. I promise you that the world will not stop in its tracks and the Earth will not suddenly turn out to be a flat disc on the back of a giant turtle (although that could be fun).
Be yourself, and take this attitude into everything you do in your life !