Riding a bike…
Picnics and hikes…
The backyard and the beach…
Swinging in a hammock full of daydreams…
No bikini required!
© Elizabeth Patch, all rights reserved, from “More to Love”
Finally, it’s summertime!
Picnics, parks, gardens, pools, lakes, the ocean,
bike rides, hiking, hammocks, flip-flops,
BBQs and cook outs, farmer’s markets,
long days, warm nights, fireflies, butterflies…
so much to love about the summer!
I don’t think I deserve to have any fun
this summer because:
I’m too fat to go to the beach.
I hate the way I look in shorts.
My belly is too big for a bikini.
My arms are too flabby for tank tops.
Everyone is looking at my lumpy butt!
Everyone notices my uneven skin tone!
Everyone is laughing at my frizzy hair!
How could I possibly enjoy the feeling of cool grass under my bare toes,
or the smell of roses drifting in the windows,
or an ice cream cone on a hot afternoon
when I look so hopelessly awful?
No thanks, I think I’ll skip that picnic at the lake.
Nope, not going to lounge around the pool reading trashy novels.
Sorry, just can’t do anything fun in the sun,
because, well, you know…
But, next summer it will be different!
When I lose some weight and tone up my arms,
when my stomach is flat and my hips are smaller,
when I have the perfect outfit and a pedicure and a golden tan
then I’ll have fun…
I’m not a therapist, but girlfriends,
it is ridiculous to allow poor body image to spoil the short sweet season of summer!
This is your body, your life, your summer and there is no bikini required to live it to the fullest!
Now put on something that makes you smile,
and create some wonderful summer memories
to carry you through the next cold, dark winter!