At first I was hesitant about writing this post. These are topics that are a bit taboo, topics a lot of people are embarrassed to mention. But then I thought, that’s literally the point I’m trying to make. I used to be embarrassed to speak of these things aloud, but now I’m not. They’re a very real part of my life, and I’m not uncomfortable to have people know about them anymore.
All of these are realizations that have come rather recently. I’ve kind of taken a new control of myself and see the less glamorous parts of life as normal, not shameful. I thought I’d share a few of them with you this week.
My period. Period.
Thinking back to junior high and high school, I was mortified by my period. Sure, almost everyone was getting it, but that didn’t make it any less awkward. Specifically going to the school restroom was treacherous. On a normal day, I would just ask for permission and go. During ‘that time,’ I would take my purse. In my mind, that abnormality in routine was so obvious when in reality, no one probably noticed.Fast forward to today: I don’t care, at all. Yes. I get my period. I wear tampons and pads and liners. And yes, you’ll find them in my bathroom, in my purse. So do a lot of women. The body does really cool stuff, and this is just one of those things. And boys, if you think girls don’t talk about it in detail, you’re wrong. Because it’s normal.My bra size.
Again, this stems from high school. I was a bit of a late bloomer in the boob department, and you might think I’m still in that stage currently. But I digress. At 16, I felt like all of my friends were hot women with a B cup, while I was some child with an A. Six years later, I caught up to the enviable B cup and have been left behind, again, by my friends. Except at 22, I’m cool with that. It is what it is. Boobs are what they are.Not to mention, there are plenty of reasons that having small boobs is cool. Gravity won’t have such a big effect on them. It can be easier to find lumps and bumps. You can essentially wear any kind of top and still look appropriate. And you can get away with going braless. Definitely not upset by it now.
Buying condoms used to be so awkward. I used to think people were going to judge me and think poorly of me. Now I’ve just decided, if I’m going to use them, someone has to buy them. And why not me. And I always say, what’s the worst someone is going to say? “Wow, this girl is having sex and being responsible.” That doesn’t sound so bad. I’ve also learned it’s a lot less awkward to go to the store and sneak condoms on the counter among countless bags of produce and tortilla chips than it is putting them up there alone. Talking about sex.
Kind of like buying condoms, I used to think someone would judge me for this. But I’ve just accepted that I’m a sexually active adult female, which is awesome, not embarrassing.
Don’t feel the need to comment with all of your embarrassing topics, but do consider changing your attitude about them. Chances are, you aren’t the only one experiencing these things. Begin embracing them instead. It’s a heck of a lot easier and usually feels like a weight lifted.