So you probably all have a sense of what I look like. One of the things that swimming, and this blog, (and possibly being in my 40's and maybe having a good F-off Fairy) have done for me is given me an "I don't care" attitude about being photographed in my bathing suit.
I look at these photos and generally think "that was a great swim". I'm focused on how much swimming helps me love my body. When I saw this meme, I thought "YES, that's it!!"
When I swim I remember who I am. I get to absolute pleasure of feeling the power of my body move me through the water. I get the playful feeling of buoyancy lifting me off the ground. I get to be an orca. I get the feel of the water on my skin. I get to sense the changes in temperature, in wave motion, in smell. Swimming helps me love my body and all it can do.
During a recent group swim, I heard one of the other swimmers refuse to be photographed in her bathing suit without a cover-up. This made me sad. Swimming is about celebrating my body. Rejoicing in its strength. Enjoying the sensuality of the water. Any photo taken just documents that joyful experience. Nothing could make me happier.