You probably remember reading this article about mums and swimming that surfaced a few years back. Basically, Jessica Turner from themomcreative.com talks about how important it is to go and make memories with your kids, in spite of how insecure you feel in your swim suit. Of course she is right, she is so damn right its not funny. It is not about us, it is about those kids and the joy and delight they experience when they spend time with us in the water.
But that doesn’t make it any easier. And I don’t have any pearls of wisdom or quirky tools to help you feel better, because the whole idea makes me uncomfortable too.
Last week I went shopping for new togs as I don’t have any that fit and feel supportive. I felt pretty depressed actually. Looking in the mirror and seeing the ageing mama staring back sucked and the usual mantra of “I am beautiful, I am lucky enough to have grown a life” were just not cutting it.
Instead of going home and trying another day, I bought a tankini that felt comfortable and supportive and looked relatively pretty (in my melancholic mind!), and hoped like hell that in a few days time I would snap out of the funk!
And when it comes to the actual day of swimming, whenever that may be? Well maybe a stop at a seaside bar prior will help calm my nerves and make me not give a shit!
Ps I do not condone drunk swimming, especially not when young children are present! But we can certainly dream and/or drink responsibly!
PPS if you are looking for some ideas, Monique Doy of Dressing Up just put up this awesome post on togs, showcased on gorgeous recognisable women!