It occurs to me that the community pool is the Great Equilizer. No one can hide, not really. There are bikinis and shorts and tank-inis and mu-mu’s and cover-ups…but it’s really just that old high school nightmare come to life.
Naked. A room full of your peers. Glaring lights. You enter, and all eyes turn, assessing…judging. Panic.
…and then you realize that they are naked, too. They size you up because they are afraid. You pose as much a “threat” to them as they do to you. Everyone is a peacock, even those hiding behind umbrellas and over-sized t-shirts.
It’s really not about you. It’s about them. Us. Me. Everyone just wants to feel okay enough to have some sun.
And, thankfully, the sun shines the same on me as it does on that SuperModel over there. 🙂