Body image is a person's perception of the aesthetics or sexual attractiveness of their own body.

Laying on the beach with my very good friend who I don’t see often enough, we are having a candid conversation about all thing's life. She has not long had a baby; I’ve got 2 and as we look around the conversation quickly turns to how we look and feel like we look.

I feel like it wouldn’t matter what my friend looked like; I would think she was beautiful. However, would I feel the same about her appearance if she was a stranger on the beach.

This raises so many questions about not only my own body image but my perception of others and how I think they might think or feel about my appearance.

Why do we even do this? We over think so many things, our body image seems to be at the top of the list.

Sure, I don’t look like the girls on Instagram or celebrities in magazines, so why do we use this as a form of measure. How much time, effort and money does it take to achieve and maintain this. And really is it that important to have all those likes and follows. 'The fit girl is the new it girl', really, when did being intelligent become unattractive. Or have we not worked out how to show intelligence via social media.

It took me until I was 35 to be comfortable in my skin.