I have a confession to make. I have been on vacation for almost 2 weeks.
Jaw dropper!!! (not)
Obviously, I pre-wrote Snack-Girl.com so you would think I was still here typing – but I wasn’t.
I went to Quebec, Canada – land of hockey and lovely Canadians (who COULD NOT be nicer). Canadians have been framed as being “nice” - but, boy, they did not let the stereotype down. My family had a wonderful time.
Something very special happened on my trip. I came face-to-face with a reality that I had ignored and I felt a bit freer after my acceptance.
During our vacation, we visited a Quebec waterpark because my son is addicted to waterslides. This was a beautiful spot and everyone had a picnic basket or cooler full of food – and ALL the women were wearing bikinis (well, almost all).
A couple weeks ago, I did a reveal of myself in my new bikini and at this waterpark I actually FIT IN wearing it.
You see, the women here (most with kids) were stocky, big breasted, and curvy – their skin was very white (cold winters up there) and I looked exactly like everyone else.
My ancestry? 25% French Canadian. Ding Ding Ding!!! Hello!!!
I am not the progeny of Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady. My ancestry is dominated by French farmers who are not known for their long thin legs or glossy blond hair.
Genetics has dictated that my eyes are blue, my hair brown, and my hips as wide as the St. Lawrence. If I wanted to change how I look, I could get contacts and dye my hair but what about my hips?
At some point in your life, take a good hard look at your parents and know that you are going to look like them. The ideal, featured in magazines and movies, is not attainable for many of us because we didn’t start out with the genetic attributes that will get us that “look”.
And that, my dear readers is okay. In fact, it is more than okay. Just as we don’t want a world filled with the same race of people – we don’t want a world with the same shape of people. Size diversity is beautiful and should be embraced both literally and figuratively.
To quote the sage, Mick Jagger:
“You can’t always get what you want. But if you try sometimes..well..you get what you need.”
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