Although just recently I’ve started feeling a little differently, for most of my life, I’ve felt like People…people who don’t know me and are just seeing or being introduced to me for the first time…see Fat. Fat is the first basis they have by which to judge me. Depending on the circumstances it may be the *only* basis they ever have by which to judge me.
And “fat” brings with it a whoooole lot of other stuff. She’s Fat? Then she’s lazy, unhealthy, ignorant, and she has no self-respect. She eats too much, doesn’t exercise and doesn’t care about her appearance.
That’s a lot of judgment on My Way of Being in the World…without knowing me At. All.
But I’m NOT Just Fat. I’m a mom who managed to produce an amazing human being. I’m a vegan and a photographer and a reader, adventurer, blogger and social media maven. I’ve been a dog trainer and a riding instructor…I create newsletters and graphics, I make jewelry, beautiful bows, decorate a mean Christmas tree and am a good cook. I’m kind to people whether they deserve it or not. I love with all my heart. I can be funny…as well as stubborn, inappropriate, generous, and bossy.
I’m a lot of things. EVERYBODY is. No one is Just One Thing. So don’t label me as FAT and just dismiss me on that basis.
I’m not just fat. Take the time to find out what *else* I am.