Thank God for Summer.

Written By: Kathryn Swartout

Sunny skies, green grass, short shorts, and cold drinks. What could be better?

The long, cold New York nights are close to ending, hopefully. Summer is right around the corner and I am beyond ready. My body on the other hand, well, it might not look as ready as I am mentally.

I don’t think I am ready for the daily leg shaving, bikini waxing, those gym nights after a long day of work, or having to watch my weight so I can still look good in my favorite little sundress.

When I was growing up, my mother was very nonchalant about my weight, and let me figure out body maintenance by myself. So, I am now a young adult, in college, free to do what I please. My body seems to think the same way. It decides to shape itself, therefore I find ways to find the shape that best suits me.

As young women, we have been trained by social media presence to stay in the mindset of being ladylike and act small, even though our bodies say otherwise.

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Instead of going with the norm however, maybe as women, we should take charge. We are the ones who own our bodies, no one else.

With this upcoming summer season, ALL women need to stop and embrace their bodies, and show off anything you want to. Let people talk, just know that your body is beautiful and there is no need to be ashamed of the cellulite, stretch marks, or the size that you are, whether it be big or small, wide or thin. Embrace yourself with your own love.