It suddenly hit me how much my insecurities had negatively affected my life, behaviour and family. How will my daughter feel about others and herself if I, her mother, cause her to feel this way? I started tearing up and my husband had to bring me away from the pool, comforting me with his arms around me and staying quietly by my side till I calmed down. He didn’t ask for an explanation, and instead made sure Felise didn’t notice my distress by taking care of her that whole day.
For the last few months, I have been reading up on body positivity on my own, to empower myself and learn to let go of my fears. I may have started with a simple goal to just be comfortable with my body, but I have since learnt that loving your body is also about being less judgmental of how other people look, and being more confident of who I am.
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