Spring is in the air, and besides triggering my allergies, it’s the time of year we start dusting off our shorts and tank tops and all our body insecurities. We’ve been sitting cozy in crewnecks and baggy knits all winter, but with the warm weather comes tighter and more revealing clothing that’s much more difficult to hide in.
It’s the same conversation every year. Starting in October: “It takes nine months to grow a new human; you have nine months to become a new you, just in time for summer;” then in January, summer bodies are the motivation for many new year’s resolutions (which, we’ve already covered as ridiculous; twice); and when summer finally arrives, we’re too concerned about our thigh chub to actually enjoy the warm weather. My Insta reels are already littered with “summer body” anxiety, and I have to say, the algorithms have failed me because that is such bullshit. You don’t need to be a size two to enjoy summer.
Depending on where you live, there’s a possibility you might be vaccinated by the summer, which means you’ll have some freedom to actually go to the beach and maybe make up for some of what we missed last year. This summer has already been labelled “Hot Girl Summer” on TikTok and other social media, as we all get raring to enjoy some human interaction after a very long pandemic. And that means it’s time to unapologetically enjoy the warm weather, regardless of what our bodies look like; whether you struggle to fill out a bikini or are worried that you fill one out too much, there is absolutely nothing wrong with your body.
No one needs to wear a t-shirt to the beach. Let me say that again: you do not need to cover up or hide your body at the beach. Of course, it’s your call, but never, ever feel like you need to hide your body to make other people more comfortable. You deserve to be there as much as any other person, and if someone does judge you, that says more about them than it does about you. Besides, how are you going to get a killer tan if you’re hiding underneath all those layers?
I used to dread going to the beach, hiding my stomach with towels or pretending I didn’t want to go swimming so I wouldn’t have to take off my shirt. And you know what? I really freaking regret all those missed opportunities. Instead of memories of having fun with my friends, I let my insecurities stop me from experiencing joy. And that is unacceptable.
The countdown to summer should not include counting calories. As the summer months get closer, don’t worry about the way you look; instead, channel that energy into planning a fun road trip or how you’re going to catch up with friends. Wear as much or as little clothing as you want, but make sure you’re making that choice for the right reasons.