Published June 7, 2013
(In response to last week’s column)
There is no response, because there was no column! I had an extremely bad day and my new editor, Natalie, was kind enough to tell me “no worries, I’ve got you covered.” Thank you, Natalie, and thanks to those of you who called Neighbors and asked about the column.
Let it roll
This former pageant girl spent most of her days thinking she was too fat. That’s right, even in the days when I was 16 years old, 5’8” and only 120 pounds. I still used to spend way too much of my time and energy worrying about being a little overweight. Now, school is out and it’s officially summer time for our family. I started to panic, how can I lose 30 pounds in a week?
Then I thought, wait a minute, I’ve spent too much time worrying about this weight issue. I’ve decided to let it roll - literally, let my stomach roll show.
I can’t see why we all expect to look perfect all the time. I’ve lost too much valuable time with my kids in the summer because I was too embarrassed to put on a bathing suit. In fact I’m going to share a secret with all of you.
Two weeks ago I went to Las Vegas with some girlfriends. I wore the traditional all black one-piece bathing suit with my much worn black and red wrap that goes all the way to my ankles. The sun was scorching and I wanted a good tan so I said, “Forget it.” I went to the room and borrowed my friend’s bikini and wore it to the pool for the whole world to see.
That’s right I let it all hang out and I even stood up and walked into the pool with this fashion risk. I have to tell you it was extremely empowering, and I don’t think I heard one person gasp or laugh.
Trying to always look good is a colossal waste of time. This is how I see it, if you meet people at your “not so best” and they still like you, well then you found a friend worth investing time in. If you get looks from someone as if they disapprove of the way you look, then you just saved yourself a lot of time that could have been wasted on a self-centered loser.
While I’m at it, it wouldn’t hurt the men to compliment some of us “not size 2” women once in a while. Are you with me people?