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  • Writer's pictureAmber DeSantis

As summer rolls in, the anticipation of beach days and outdoor adventures begins to stir.

But what if, amidst the excitement, you find yourself not quite fitting into the narrow definition of a "summer body" society often imposes?


Close your eyes and picture it: a perfect summer day, the sun painting the sky in hues of gold, you’re at the beach, surrounded by loved ones or even strangers who feel like friends. You're sporting a swimsuit you adore, basking in the warmth of shared laughter and genuine joy. The hours pass in a blur of happiness, memories woven from moments of pure bliss. Can you recall a beach day like this? One where you felt completely at ease, untouched by the comparison game or the weight of self-doubt?

This is the beach experience we all deserve—the one where we revel in our bodies without reservation or judgment. Where we build sandcastles, chase each other with buckets of water, and let our laughter mingle with the sound of crashing waves, unencumbered by insecurities.

Yet, too often, we've been conditioned to believe that only a select few possess the "right" bodies for such enjoyment. We've internalized society's cruel standards, measuring our worth against an unattainable ideal. But it's time to reject this narrative. It's time to say "enough" to the relentless pursuit of an elusive perfection that only serves to diminish our joy.

Instead, let's embrace the beauty of diversity—of bodies that bear the marks of life, of stories etched in every curve and line. Let's reclaim the beach as a sanctuary of self-love and acceptance, where every body is a beach body, deserving of celebration.

So, this summer, let's make a pact: to revel in the simple pleasures of being alive, to dance beneath the sun without a care for who's watching, to savor every moment without apology or restraint. Because when summer arrives and our bodies don't conform to society's narrow standards, we'll proudly declare, "This is my summer body, and it is more than enough."

And if anyone dares to cast judgment or ridicule, remember: their words say more about them than they ever could about you. So let them talk while we soak up the sun, basking in the radiance of our own self-love.

This summer, let's reclaim the beach, one wave of empowerment at a time.

With love and solidarity,

Amber D

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