Don't judge me - This video of a burlesque dancer performing to Katy Perry's "Roar" brought tears to my eyes...

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As women, we struggle daily to fit into an image that someone else has created for us. Most of us do not look like swimsuit models, and never will. We have curves - sometimes in the wrong places. We have jiggly spots and most of us forget that THAT is ok! I am guilty of looking at myself in the mirror and loathing what I see looking back at me. I am almost 35 years old. I am a grown woman, and yet when I look at myself in the mirror, I long for the way my body looked when I was 25. I have to remember that it is unfair of me to expect myself to look 25 when I am 35. Time, age, children, stress... life, has taken it's toll. And that is ok.

Ladies, we have to learn to love ourselves. Inside and out. The woman in this video, is a prime example of what it's like to be confident in your own skin. To see that she looks a lot like me when you strip away the facade of the everyday clothes, and to see her dance - freely - in celebration of who she is, really puts into perspective that the only person holding me back from being happy with my personal appearance is me. I don't have to be a size 2 to be confident. I don't have to have flat abs. I can be me. Just like I am, and I can be fierce. And I too, can roar!

Burlesque is similar to a variety show, typically including striptease. For this reason, this video - although containing no nudity - may be considered by some to be NSFW. Please view with caution.