Ok don't hate me people.1But I have a confession to make.
On Saturday David and I went down to Sumner beach
to join the World-Record Breaking attempt for Skinny Dipping.
Yes we actually did it. We'd had a crappy-as week, it made a great end to it!
Now I have to say it was surprisingly great.
You had to sign up and then we got marched down the beach in groups of 50
behind a windbreak/screen and when the signal was given
we all got naked. Ok I won't lie, that was a bit awkward.
Well it would have been if you were the only one!
But no one chickened out and off down to the water everyone ran.
It was FREEZING, the water was 13 deg. C and it was COLD, take your breath away cold.
Then we walked back up the beach and got dressed.
Really that was all there was to it. But it was amazing.
It was so liberating. You looked about you at bodies in all shapes and sizes,
and you couldn't help but see that apart from one difference (boys/girls)
they were just bodies. Some bigger, some smaller,
All a bit wrinkly, some saggier. Some browner.
Underneath all our clothes and the fronts we put on,
we were just human beings.
There was nothing creepy about it, it actually felt normal, I kid you not.
Somehow it seemed like a real bonus at the end of the no-diet year
to walk on the beach naked, and not feel ashamed of my body,
to be at peace with who I am and what I look like. I totally could not have done that in January.
So there you are. However you feel about your body,
I challenge you to make 2013 the year you make peace with it.
You won't regret it and your body will love you for it!
You don't have to skinny dip ;) but you can choose to be free, however that looks to you.
Joining in with folks with actual clothes on here!