This photo may simply look like a father holding his son, but it represents so much more.
You see, for the majority of my adult life, I was tremendously insecure about the fact that I have a fair amount of body hair.
I’ve got a lot on my chest and legs, some on my shoulders and a little on my back.
I used to actually hate this about myself.
Even just a few years ago, I never would’ve posted a picture of myself with chest hair.
When I was in high school, I used to be teased about the amount of hair on my legs.
Now for some, they wouldn’t think twice about that. But it stuck with me.
And it seemed everywhere I turned, society supported this. In most ads, you see these hair-less men doing their thing.
I held this up as to what was considered sexy, handsome and strong.
And in my mind, I wasn’t that.
So I did everything I could to hide my hair. I went so far as to wax my chest and trim my leg and arm hair.
And if I didn’t have a chance to do these things, I’d stay covered up.
But with the birth of my son, 2.5 years ago, this changed. I made a decision that I was going to practice radical self-love for the first time in my life.
I was going to love every bit of myself as I was. No more hiding. I was going to see myself as whole just as I am...warts and all.
I wasn’t going to worry what anyone else said or thought about what is considered “beautiful”.
For that’s how I want him to feel about himself. Loving every single bit of himself just as he is.
And that starts with me modeling that for him.
Heck, these days I even go so far as to walk around our house naked so he sees me comfortable in my own skin.
Not ashamed about anything or any part of me. Just being.
So Dads, I encourage you to start lovin up on yourself. Now body hair may not be your hang-up, but whatever it is for you, let it go.
Embrace yourself fully.
Practice radical self-love.
And be the example for your kids of what that looks like.
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