Body Positivity, Love for All, that’s what Firefly 2016 was All About

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Oh my, oh my, firefly just flew by! (sorry) As an early graduation present to myself, I bought Firefly 2016 tickets! First of all, that lineup was bomb (Blink-182, TDCC, Jack Garratt, Florence & the Machine, Grouplove, Death Cab for Cutie, the Wombats, and basically everyone I could ever want to see all in one place). Second of all, all my friends wanted to go and what an amazing experience it would be for all of us.

With music festivals comes festival fashion, AKA the boho/hipsters/flower crowns, high-waist shorts etc. I don’t even need to describe it because you know what I’m talking about. What you don’t know about festival fashion at Firefly is that no matter what your body type is, everyone dressed how they want not how they feel people want them to dress.

I’ll be completely honest with you. I was semi-afraid when packing clothes for Firefly because while I am fairly slim, my body isn’t the same as it used to be. With that being said, I love my body the way it is now because it’s healthier than it ever was. I’ve never had an issue with eating or overeating, I have a super fast metabolism so that’s why I’m able to eat like shit sometimes. I learned to love my body after policing it so much when I was younger, when I was so skinny that you could see my bones. I wasn’t starving myself back then or strict with my diet, but it’s just how my body and metabolism worked. Yet back then, I was so concerned with always being that size. Once my body grew up and I became a young woman, I was unhappy for a while because the curves grew in. My favorite part of Firefly wasn’t a set that I saw or even spending all that time with my friends. My favorite part was seeing all types of young women loving their bodies and dressing in crop-tops because they felt like it, not because they had “summer bodies” or were the size 0 models that are always seen wearing them. They wore crop tops because they wanted to. I’m ashamed to say that I didn’t bring any crop tops that showed off my midriff because I didn’t feel comfortable exposing myself. I’m most ashamed of saying this because I have absolutely nothing to worry about. I’m ashamed because I preach body love yet couldn’t love a part of my own.

My favorite part of Firefly wasn’t a set that I saw or even spending all that time with my friends. My favorite part was seeing all types of young women loving their bodies and dressing in crop-tops because they felt like it, not because they had “summer bodies” or were the size 0 models that are always seen wearing them. They wore crop tops because they wanted to. I’m ashamed to say that I didn’t bring any crop tops that showed off my midriff because I didn’t feel comfortable exposing myself. I’m most ashamed of saying this because I have absolutely nothing to worry about. I’m ashamed because I preach body love yet couldn’t love a part of my own. There were so many young women that were courageous because they weren’t afraid to love their body and they didn’t care who knew.

So to all you young women out there who love your body, keep going on. I’ll get there eventually because I do in fact love my body and am still learning to love it more and more each day.

Also, I think it’s important to note that there were plenty of young men who didn’t have the “traditional masculine” (I hate that) body and were wearing tank tops or going shirtless. You go dudes.

Love yourself people, if you can’t love yourself, how can you accept love from anyone else?

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