I remember that. I still have those feelings. I tried going a week without wearing make-up and didn’t last more than a few days. I was thinking about buying one of those body-shapers to smooth out my bumps and wobbly bits yesterday, then today I wore a clingy dress that clung to my hips and bum and body rolls. It all comes and goes.
Finding acceptance with your body and defining your relationship with body image doesn’t mean you can’t take smaller steps now and make the bigger ones later. If right now, dolling yourself up and smoothing the bumps makes you feel good, do it up! Peel back the layers and let things loose when you’re ready.
It is frustrating to not feel like you can just exist in your body, in peace. I don’t know if those rough patches ever go away - mine haven’t, anyway - but that doesn’t mean you love your body or yourself any less.
Just know that you deserve to be able to wear a bikini without judgement or harassment, when you’re ready to take that leap of confidence.
And you deserve to be able to speak up and be heard and respected when your feelings are hurt, or you’re being shamed in any way, or made to feel uncomfortable. No one has the right to shame your body.
I really hope I’m making sense, but I really and truly relate, and I hope you bust out that bikini cause I know you’ll look fab.