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I wrote this a while ago as a response to someone. I feel the need to share this because I think a lot of people need to hear it.
You also said a line in which I cannot help but to counteract. “I know the world is full of pressures to be thin and beautiful and unfortunately that is how the world is….if you are pretty and thin, you are more likely to be hired, waited on, etc..” You are indeed correct; the world is like this, but just because that is how the world is does NOT by no mean make it correct and by abiding by these principles will never bring change to this world. Because the world wants to intimidate me and limit me in these ways is what makes me the activist I am. And instead of conforming to this pre-conceived, stereotypical way of life I refuse to abide by it and be suppressed by it. Instead I am fighting to change this world and to make it better. You cannot expect change in this world if you refuse to question why the world functions in this one way and if you refuse to take a stand against what needs to be changed. I refuse to sit back and let the world dictate what kind of job I get because of the color of my skin, the size of my jeans, my sexual preference, my gender, etc… or the kind of service that I receive, etc. Judging people by their body type and assuming they are unhealthy because of their size is assuming. Just because a person is thin does not make them healthy for you don’t know the level of physical activity, the eating habits, the drinking habits, their drugs habits or the smoking habits of strangers on the street and you cannot assume that a person is healthy or unhealthy based on their figure just like you can’t assume someone is a murderer or a crook based on their skin color. This IS what is wrong with the world, everyone feels like everyone knows everyone’s life just by looking at them. No one likes to be judged and no one should be judged based on their outward appearance. Your outward appearance says nothing about your life and who you are as a person or a human being. If you have not walked a mile in someone else’s shoes then you truly have no right to draw conclusions and assumptions about them based off of what you see. I am beautiful no matter what size I am and so are you and so is everyone else on this earth but we are so consumed in our daily lives by labeling and judging others that we miss the beauty everyone posses because we are constantly searching for their flaws. That is what our society has taught us to do and that is what I will continue to fight against.
There is more to life than obsessing over a number on a scale, especially since weight fluctuates from day to day. Those extra pounds don’t make you unhealthy, they don’t define you as a person and they don’t take away from your already beautiful self. And if someone has a problem with that then they are not worth your time. That is the difference I am trying to teach you. People are always on other people for their weight because they claim they are concerned for their “health” but if there is a overweight person who is perfectly happy the size they are, even if their health is jeopardized then who am I or anyone else to tell them they have no right to be happy because they aren’t skinny or because they aren’t healthy. And who said that just because you are skinny means you are happy!? The stereotype is harmful both ways! You can’t assume that because someone is thin and physically fit means they are happy. Happiness is subjective, it is made to be perceived in different ways according to the individual and so is life. So stop judging a book by its cover and stop using health as the excuse to tear someone apart or ridicule them because the bottom line is health is not the reason why people have a problem with overweight people it is only an excuse used so people can put down others.
When it comes to my weight it is simple: I am content with myself at this weight and I will be content with myself at any weight in my future. Whether I become 110lbs, 230lbs or 550 lbs makes no differance because I have found happiness within myself and that is the most important part. Nothing and I mean nothing is more rewarding than the feeling of self acceptance, self happiness and self love. Weight cannot define happiness nor can it ever be correlated with happiness (even though in our society it often is). Your weight or your outward appearance should never compromise how you feel about yourself as a human being. Self love begins on the inside, never on the outside and that is wrong with todays society. Self-love, self-respect and happiness come from within and don’t let the next diet pill ad try to convince you otherwise. No one can be you better than you and no ‘look’ looks better on a person than a smile and self love.