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I remember the first time I was self conscious about my body... I was 7. And contrary to what we hear all the time, it wasn't because of fashion magazines or unreasonable expectations set forth from the media. It was just normal insecurities.
It was second grade and we were learning how to measure things. We were split into groups and given tape measures. We measured the circumference of our heads and how tall (or short) we were. Then we measure our waists. When it was my turn, I sucked my stomach in and was immediately called out on it. Being 7, I thought I was super clever and I tried to convince them that, I hadn't in fact sucked my stomach in, and this is just how I look normally. Needless to say, a career in espionage was not in my future.
As mature as I'd like to think I am now, my 7 year old insecurities never went away. In fact they probably got more elaborate. I was saying just the other day that the only part of my body that I don't see any room for improvement in, is my ankles. I think I can safely say that I have nice ankles.
But that's crazy! I realized just how crazy I was when we were in Key West. And I think it's safe to say that I'm not the only one suffering from this brand of crazy.
I know a lot of women who won't be seen in a swimsuit or subject themselves to wearing cover-ups the whole time and not swimming for fear of someone seeing a less than taught stomach.
And that's just not how things are in Key West. There's something different about it there. I saw women who had to be at least 75 wearing booty shorts and halter tops. I saw women of all shapes, sizes, and ages rocking string bikinis and crop tops.
It's just so laid back there and hot, that you just start to not care so much about all of the stupid stuff. And if you're looking too uptight about anything, you're probably going to stand out like a sore thumb, and this goes for men too. Pat was sassed by a barista for having his shirt too buttoned up.
That attitude is infectious and you just start to have fun without worrying as much about whether anyone notices your muffin top or that your thighs don't look like Gisele's. Having that attitude definitely made for a more fun trip.
I'm glad to say that I 100% embraced it. That was until I got back and the warm glow of Key West started to fade and I was sorting through our pictures and I saw this one.
Now, let me start by saying that this is not a compliment fishing expedition. Do I think I look like a grotesque ogre? No. But I am sad to say that my first reaction was not a nice one. All I saw were the same problem areas that I've been self conscious about since I was 7.
But then I remembered that this picture was taken just a short time after I was snorkeling fearlessly with sharks.
Yes, this little friend of mine, the Black Tipped Caribbean Reef Shark. Ok, before when I said "fearlessly" I will amend that to a healthy amount of (heart pounding) fear and respect for sharks.
But, my point in all this is that sure, our bodies may not be perfect, and we all have insecurities about how we look, but we shouldn't let that stop us, ever!
If you've been putting off taking a beach vacation until you're in bikini shape, don't put it off any longer. You'll never be younger than you are today. And if you're still feeling unsure, book a trip to Key West. I've never been anywhere where people where so comfortable just being themselves.
Book that ticket, buy that swimsuit, and stock up on SPF. You're going to have a great time even if you have a muffin top.
Never let your insecurities stop you from having fun and don't forget to travel happy!
Hi there! I'm Skeeter. I grew up moving a lot and that makes me a bit restless for travel and exploration. I started this blog with my husband Pat when we decided to backpack New Zealand for a year. We are always looking for the next adventure and are loving life. We're just your average couple with two sassy dogs and a love for travel. We're sharing our travels and the tips we pick up along the way.
Hello! I'm Liz. Blogging is very new to me, but I'm so excited to finally write as much as I talk!
"Don't forget to travel happy"-Skeeter & Liz