Selena GomezSelena Gomez has had some ups and downs in 2014. Just five months into the year, and she's already on-again-off-again with ex-boyfriend Justin Bieber, she dumped her parents as her managers, has done time in rehab, and then there was some sort of goings-on with Jenner sisters which may or may not be resolved at this point ... oh, and let's not forget her canceled tour. It's been a lot, to say the least.

But the star took to Instagram Tuesday afternoon to post a super hot bikini picture, along with the caption, "Taking my power back.. can't wait to show you where I've been. I love y'all. Ps, I still obsess over pickles." The 21-year-old is pictured smiling in the waves in a yellow bikini, no polka dots.

Selena is now reportedly working with Katy Perry's manager Bradford Cobb, so presumably she's working on something professionally? Especially if she's taking her power back?

Here's some free advice for Ms. Gomez, via one very powerful woman named Margaret Thatcher, "Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't."

It's fabulous that Selena wants to reclaim herself after such a tumultuous period in her life, but it's going to take more than posting sexy pictures to social media. Taking back your life after allowing yourself to be tossed around a bit is slow, healing process that can't be fixed by a new project or nearly a million "likes" on a cute Instagram post.

And since when is frolicking in a bikini considered taking back your power as a woman anyway? Shouldn't power be about more than inviting people to ogle? Heck, I'm as pro-feeling good about yourself as anyone, but I just think power shouldn't be equated with looking sexy. Looks fade, youth ages, and true power has to come from within if it's real.

If Selena really wants to take her power back, the best way to do it is to show us by living her life well. Breaking up with Justin Bieber for good, maybe. Yeah, maybe especially that one.

She can take it back by doing good work and showing kindness to others. Establishing good friendships and professional relationships. Using that amazing voice of hers to make some music to add brightness to people's lives. That's what true power is, not just a bikini selfie.

What do you think of Selena Gomez's plans to take her power back?

 

Image via Selena Gomez/Instagram