During all these years, the one thing she keeps listening to time and again is: TAKE CARE OF YOUR BODY. Like advertisements, there is a hidden agenda… you know the message written in the ant size font. It goes something like this: TAKE CARE OF YOUR BODY…every one is watching you.
Probably the reason why most of the women who do not go for swimming (though they would love to) do so because they are not comfortable in swimwear and also the market does not render to this sector as much as they should. When I went for swim wear shopping, it was a headache. The choices were less, there were no interesting colours, they had to cover the right places, yet look nice. After 3 days, I finally got what I liked, but I wish they had come in better colours. Coming back to the article, it went on and on about everything but the fact that even the not so prim figures too need swimwear. I wish they had put up pictures of ‘real’ women, if you know what I mean.
Probably, we can start with our daughters. We can begin the journey by telling them that taking care of our body is not equal to having perfect figures and be able to wear flaunting clothes. It is just a minuscule part of a big picture.
I remember as teenager, I would get skeptical while checking my weight. If my weight went even a gram more than 48 kgs, I would freak out. One day, after getting ready for college, I kept checking whether my buttocks were looking fine. My dad observed and asked what I was doing. I said, “I feel I have put on weight here.” My dad, without blinking an eye lid said, “You will need that fat to bear babies healthily, when the right time comes. Go to college. You are looking perfect.” I was zapped. How could he say that me!? I wondered. But today, I am glad he said that to me that day.
Recently, I saw a young girl adorning a T-Shirt in a mall. The T-shirt read: MY FACE IS ABOVE.
That one said it all for me. 🙂
Can we stop for a while and fall in love with our body all over again?