Kirsten Bosly spent years of her life hating her body, but for the sake of her kids, she knew she had to stop.
Kirsten Bosly, mother of two from Australia, has struggled with body image for most of her life. The 41-year-old has always longed for a thin and petite frame, but that wish has proved more than difficult to grant. Like many of us, the thing she's feared the most is being in front of the camera— but she recently realized that the years she spent avoiding pictures, left her kids with very few memories of their mom. That's why she took to Facebook to share this incredibly moving post.
"For most of my life I have hated my body," she wrote alongside a picture of her and her kids. "I've used it and abused it. I've blamed it for a lot of things. I've been terribly ashamed of its wobbles and dimples, like somehow they are the measure of who I am... The truth is, I'm tired of being ashamed of my body; it's done nothing but support me for 41 years." (Read: Body-Positive Blogger Reveals Trick to Make Cellulite Disappear)
Kristen credits celebrities like Lena Dunham for normalizing "flaws" like cellulite, encouraging her to be comfortable with her body. She goes on to promise that she will let go of any negative feelings she has about her figure because it simply isn't worth it. "I look at this photo and all I can see is how happy we are," she says. "I finally feel free and it feels fu**ing awesome!"
Kristen's powerful post has struck a chord with thousands of Facebook users who've shared how much of an impact her words have had on their lives. It's also a good reminder to capture precious moments and to cherish them before it's too late.