Summer in Florida this year has been crazy hot. It’s the kind of heat that makes you sweat by just stepping outside and almost suffocating.
It’s really messing with my love of strolling around Disney in the afternoons cause the weather is way too intense. But I feel like one good thing has come with this heat, after so long I am finally wearing shorts out in the world.
Wearing shorts seems like such an easy task. And I am sure many people don’t even think twice about putting on shorts when the weather is near 100 degrees. But I am not like that. Just to purchase shorts it took me weeks of gaining courage and debating – and then to finally wear them out and about in the real world can really set off my crazy brain into panic mode.
For years I have dealt with issues about the way my legs look. I remember dreading gym because of those ridiculous gym shorts. It was like torture to have to wear those in middle school – and like most kids in middle school – people loved making remarks about my “chicken legs”. Unfortunately those mean jokes really made a negative impact and I let it control my self-esteem and confidence.
And I know I am not the only person who has gone through this. So many ladies (and gentlemen too!) have let what other’s say about the way we look affect us. I had gone years (last year I wore shorts just once!) without wearing a pair of shorts out in public – which is nuts when you live in Florida.
We let what other people say dictate how we feel about the way we look. We believe all the magazine covers that are plastered with images that are labeled as “perfect” and “flawless”. It’s either – we are too skinny, too fat, too short, too tall – it’s easy to allow these images and comments take over our feelings and make us feel self-conscious.
For me, getting over my body image issues is something that I am constantly working on. I still don’t feel 100% confident in shorts, but I am constantly reminding myself that these are my legs and that is good. Instead of focusing on my awkward knees or how my legs feel “too bony” I focus on the fact that I have been blessed with a pair of legs that give me the ability to walk around the places I love – it’s something that I shouldn’t take for granted.
This year I can finally say that I’ve worn shorts multiple times. I finally own 3 pairs of shorts and they have all been worn! It might sound silly but it’s something that I am so proud of. I am learning how to feel good about the way I look and slowly letting go of the silly thoughts that society has led me to believe.
So remind yourself everyday that you are beautiful. Don’t let what society thinks (or mean comments) make you feel self-conscious. Own it, cause you can. ;)
Outfit Details //
Top from Forever 21
Shorts (Similar) from Target
Purse from Coach
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Photographed by chevrons and éclairs