Going Topless

Emily Nolan Topless Running

I watched the powerful documentary, Thin, and found it sickly disturbing, familiar, and brutally honest. It made me think about several very important things. Most profoundly, how dangerous our cultural messaging is. We will risk death, life controlling addictions, and strict diets just to try and be thin.

Our culture believes that being dangerously thin and deprived is what makes us worthy. For two decades of my life, I believed that, too.

To think God gave us this miracle suit, our Earth Suit, to struggle the entire time we’re in it, to destroy it and deprive it, does not add up. Don’t you think? We are the world’s greatest magic trick! We have a body that heals itself, moves, breathes, sweats, can feel emotion, smells the roses, can witness incredible visions. Undeniably, we are all miracles.

If we can choose joy, we should, as often as possible. We waste our time drinking the Haterade, wanting to feel thin more than any other feeling. Be Pretty Brave and choose joy as often as possible. The only person in control of your happiness is you. And you have to choose it. Get out of that sucky hamster wheel that keeps repeating you’re not ______ enough. Do you have a body? You’re a miracle!

The second thought I noted was how important it is to keep sending out positive messaging and reinforcement as often as possible. So here are a couple videos I’ve included for your inspiration–and entertainment. 🙂

My purpose in life is to find my own voice, to get so close to my Hum within that everything I do just feels so Me. So, I take my shirt off and enjoy the sun on my skin without feeling judgement or shame. I love to feel the cool breeze on my back and belly when I’m sweating. I love to breathe without constriction. I don’t care if my belly jiggles or my thighs rub. I don’t care if I’m a size 12, or 8, or 10…

This is my life, and I’m going to spend my time being happy and having fun as often as possible.

What our culture says about a body needing to be thin is killing us. Wishing we were somebody else doesn’t bring joy into our lives. It’s the biggest waste of time. God gave us a miracle suit, an Earth Suit, to enjoy this physical. Let’s be Pretty Brave and find our own voices. Let’s choose joy.

Join the bravery and post your #healthybellyselfie on social media. Make sure to follow @iamemilynolan and tag me in your inspirational posts.

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