Today I told my Mum that I am participating in the Sydney Skinny (a nude swim).
Her response: “Naked? Without any clothes? PEOPLE WILL SEE YOU! OH, TARYN!” I had to send her home immediately to watch The Bold and the Beautiful and have a quiet cup of tea.
(As an aside: Oh dear God, did she tell my dad? This could get awkward…)
Now I’m not a nudist (not that there is anything wrong with nudists) and taking my clothes off in front of 1000+ other people is going to feel slightly unusual, but I am so excited to do something that is outside of the ordinary. As a friend once told me: “Magic happens when you step outside your comfort zone.”
Even a month away from the event, magic is happening to me and to my mood by just thinking about doing something that I’ve never done, and never thought I would be capable of. For those of you who read my “I’ve lost my sparkle” column last week, let me give you an update – the sparkle is BACK! (Oh and when I was referring to trimming my beard, I was talking about the fluffy blonde hairs on the side of my face – not downstairs!)
Anyhoo, I digress… back to getting my kit off!
The Sydney Skinny is the brainchild of Nigel Marsh, Co-Founder of Earth Hour (you know, when you turn off your lights) and all-round top bloke. He created the Sydney Skinny because he himself went through a personal transformation and wanted to create an event that helped him (and others) to reconnect with their sense of adventure.
Yes please, sense of adventure, I’m up for it. Pick me, pick me, pick me! Honestly, it can feel like groundhog day out here in Mummy-land: school lunches, get into bed, time to clip your nails, get into bed, eat your dinner, get into bed. Swimming naked in the ocean? Woohoo! Well that’s going to break up the monotony, isn’t it?
Nigel says, “The Sydney Skinny is a safe, loving, fun, fundraising, communal way of safely stepping outside your comfort zone and having a blast in one of the most beautiful places in the world while raising money to keep Sydney Harbour beautiful. There were 1,000 people who did it last year and I guarantee every single one of them felt better about themselves when they came out of the water and the world didn’t stop spinning because they were naked for half a second. Nobody stared, pointed or laughed; it’s just a very liberating experience.”
When I was deliberating whether or not I would go ahead with the swim, it was Nigel’s last comment that impacted me the most. The L world: liberating. Yes, liberation *fist punch*. There is no greater feeling than the one that comes from not giving a toss. To be free, to be wild, to live with sparkle; to live with liberation.