I spent the weekend up close and personal at a professional sand volleyball tournament. As a birthday present, I had box seats so close to the athletes, I could have leaned forward and patted them on the back in encouragement as they wound up their killer serve. Don’t worry, I didn’t actually do that even though I was totally fan-girling & *really* tempted! But imagine my surprise when I saw female athlete after female athlete in their teeny tiny bikinis hitting the shit out of those volleyballs, WHILE SPORTING CELLULITE & STRETCH MARKS!!
Yes, I’ve heard that factoid about 90% of the female population having cellulite, and of course it’s only common sense that all these ladies over 6 feet tall would have stretch marks, but the actual visual proof, literally right in front of my face, was pure awesome!
When discussing the “horrors” of cellulite and stretch marks, we tend to think these annoying body flaws would never be on bodies with six pack abs. Intellectually, we KNOW we shouldn’t feel ashamed of a natural female body, in whatever form it comes in, yet we still seek to cover up, diminish or eradicate completely the signs of a normal body. Like the sight of cellulite or stretch marks is some sort of character flaw of “not trying hard enough“. Or we secretly think that we should somehow be the 10% who doesn’t have it.
Here’s the thing though: if a professional athlete who wins Olympic medals and works out for hours per day as their primary job has cellulite and stretch marks, then how the hell would I be able to get rid of them? And why am I even trying? Those athletes don’t care! They’re just out there playing their sport to the best of their abilities in front of thousands in some pretty small suits throwing themselves gracefully around in the sand without a care if you like their “flawed” body or not.
Ab muscles rotating the torso, the powerful swing of an arm slicing through the air and hammering a spike, thigh muscles rippling as bodies jump high in the air for a jump serve, arms reaching for the ball in a dive attempt. It’s a thing of beauty to watch. The human body is truly amazing.
So here’s my resolve: I’m letting it all hang out this summer ladies. Yes, I have cellulite and stretch marks. I’m simply channeling my inner sand volleyball badass. I realize it won’t be easy and I’ll have to take baby steps to feel comfortable in a teeny tiny bikini, but my focus will now be on doing important stuff. Like being kick ass at whatever I choose to do. And knowing my cellulite will be along for the ride.
My body is far from magazine-perfect. So what? Moving on. I’ve got things to do.