Because LIFE!

There’s a debate going on these days about whether or not it is okay to tell fat people or fat children that they are just fine the way they are. There’s this odd fear that if you do so, you’ll be condoning their “self-destructive” behavior…that shaming or constantly reminding them of their need to change is the only way to move them towards “health.”

Sounds a lot like the fundamentalist Christian attitude toward the LGBT community, but I digress.

Here’s the deal. No one has any right to tell another person how to live their life. No one has any right to shame another person based on their looks.

I am 5’6″ tall and weigh 213 pounds. I waver between a size 16 and 18. And I’m done trying to be something I’m not.

In the past week, I’ve begun choosing joy. I’ve begun looking for happiness in the body that I’m in, rather than hoping for happiness once I’ve changed. There’s no time for that; life is now! I have a trip to London coming up that I’ve been dreaming of since I was a kid. I couldn’t care less what my body looks like for it. I’m not going there to impress anyone. I’m going there to BE. IN. LONDON.

To just be. That is the point of life. To be you. And if you’re fat, be joyous. Why? Because you’re alive, you’re living, and there’s no one else out there that can live it like you.

And let’s look at the lean community’s blatant double-standard. They are so afraid of accepting fat people as they are because being overweight could shorten that person’s lifespan. So…what’s with all these extreme sports? How many lean people die every year from their dangerous sporting choices? A lean body doesn’t do you any good when something goes wrong on your base jump. But such obviously dangerous life choices are okayed and the newly-dead are celebrated because, as their grieving friends will say, “They died doing what they love.”

If we are supposed to celebrate someone who reveled in life-threatening behavior because it gave them joy, then stop staring judgmentally at the fat person enjoying an ice cream cone. You have no idea who they have helped, how much they are loving those who need it, and what contribution they are bringing to society in ways that have nothing to do with their size.

Life is to be lived as each individual chooses to live it. It doesn’t matter when you die as long as you’ve lived your life to your satisfaction.

12 thoughts on “Because LIFE!

  1. Awesome! I have never thought about the double standard of admiring lean people for risky or extreme activities while admonishing overweight people for their supposed health risks. I am a healthy, fat woman and although I would like to lose weight in order to be healthier, I am not letting my weight stop me from experiencing life! You go Nic!

  2. Thanks Nicole!! Personally I’d rather go from eating too much chocolate than from jumping out of a plane, but that’s because I’m scared of heights and *HELLO* God didn’t give me wings!! HA! :-) You are going to have a FABULOUS time in London, UK!

    • I agree with the comments about Bynum and next year being his walk year. As far as trading him, remember that he was willing to play on one leg against a physical Celtic team. He has earned the right to express himself. In addition, if he goes then who is going to play the physical game inside the paint? I am not sure it will be possible to replace him. The only way the Lakers should trade him is if Jim Buss talks with him and decides that the childish behavior is going to continue.

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    • germanii din Banat aveau de optat intre a servi in armata romana sau ca voluntari in Waffen SS. A fost un acord politic la nivel de state… Si normal ca majoritatea au ales conditiile de viata si sansele de supravietuire mai mari, adica armata germana…cit despre cei care au avut proasta idee de a ramine in armata romana, au platiti pentru asta cu varf si indesat : dupa 23 august au fost scosi din armata si bagati in lagare.

    • Good to hear from you again. It’s been awhile. I was beginning to worry about you.
      Thanks for sharing your heart with us. It is a beautiful heart.
      Thanks for being you and keep posting.
      Bob

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