On my 36th birthday, I decided that I would do 36 new things. I freely explored new foods, novel venues, and different social activities. Then, it hit me. I should free my thighs this year! Between growing up with eczema on the back of my knees and having what I considered “huge thighs”, I had developed a complex about my legs that followed me throughout my adult life. I had not worn shorts since I was a teenager.
I mentioned my revelation to my friends and they were just as excited as I was. With their help, I fiercely delivered my THIGHS to the world by way of a photo shoot while wearing a pair of plum-colored shorts! Forget the fact that I went to three stores and tried on about 20 pairs of shorts. Forget the tears shed and the feelings of defeat… or how I gave up right before finding the perfect pair and snatching them up in two colors. I NAILED IT!
Not only did I nail it, but I also learned three important lessons:
- Take fashion risks that bring out the best in you! I have always done the safe thing when it comes to fashion. Now, I realize how taking a few risks actually brings out my personality in clothing. Plus, it’s just so much fun!
- Face your fears! Not only face them in fashion, but in your entire life. I would have never realized how beautiful my legs were had I remained fearful.
- Embrace your natural beauty and live out loud! I believe that I have successfully established a confidence within myself that cannot be broken. I love the skin I’m in and I plan to demonstrate that every single day. I only get to do this life thing once. I’m going to have a little fun with it!