This is going to be a most unique post. And one I never thought I would write.
Today, a friend of mine sent me a link to The Sydney Skinny Swim. An ocean swim taking place on Sunday 23 February 2014 to help raise funds for the the national park around Sydney Harbour where I grew up. Then I looked at the link properly. A NAKED ocean swim. Sorry, did I just read that correctly?? My automatic response was to say no. Absolutely not. Not frigging way. Are you kidding/mad/drunk? Then I got thinking.
I started this blog to primarily showcase my style and discuss clothes. However, I also did it to show society that bigger women can be beautiful, and stylish and we don’t have to accept the slop major retailers think is appropriate. Essentially, to push barriers on how society sees women, and how we see ourselves. From where I am sitting, despite all the labels we like to tag ourselves, we are all the same. We are all women. We all face the same issues with our bodies. And there are so many who refuse to live the way they want because they are worried about how they look in an outfit (or out of it!). Sorry, but are you kidding me??? Life is short, and we only get one shot. This obsession with perfection needs to end because it is unattainable. It can never be achieved because it doesn’t exist. What I view as stunning/interesting/sexy/attractive is different to the person next to me.
So, I have decided to participate. Am I comfortable with it? Absolutely not. Being in swimmers is one thing, being stark naked in front of hundreds of people is something else.
But, I will make the commitment that if I reach $750 for The Foundation of National Parks and Wildlife, I will do the 300 metre swim – NAKED. If I raise a ridiculous amount of money (an amount to be decided), I will do the 900 metre swim. But to do this you will need to share this with your friends and family. You spread it, and I will get naked. Sorry, I had to put at least one dirty comment in there!!
Despite my concerns I am looking forward to it. Spectators are not allowed, and before you ask, I will not be posting naked or even semi naked pics on the blog. Disappointing I know.
So, I humbly ask you give me some cash in the name of nature strips, furry animals and me being naked while swimming with the fishies.
To donate, click here.
The first person to donate will get a prize, as will the largest donation. Please note, this prize might be the satisfaction of knowing you have given money to a good cause.
Now, for some training. It looks like I’ve got the naked part down pat….