This morning, I read an article about a certain Playboy model “accidentally” sending out a picture of a naked woman at the gym, with a distasteful, hateful, caption attached. It really got to me. I started thinking about how fat people, like me, get judged by some solely by our outward appearance, and that really bothered me. Now, before I continue, let me mention that I know I am fat and so when I use that adjective I am doing it in a matter-of-fact way. Anyone who looks at me can tell I’m not hiding a six pack under my shirt.
With all of that being said, I decided to put myself out there. I went out and bought a 2 piece bathing suit, and I took this picture. Yes, my body has rolls, and stretch marks, but my body is so much more than that. This body volunteered in a school in a slum in Africa and built houses with Habitat for Humanity in both the United States and Guatemala, serving as president of Habitat in college for two years.
This body may be fat, but it has volunteered at the local Special Olympics swim meet for 15 years and sat through classes to become a certified foster parent. This body may be fat, but it has volunteered at the local children’s hospital and worked in many daycare centers taking care of kids of all ages. I’ve snuggled sick babies, helped kids deal with the loss of family members, gotten kids clothing who haven’t had enough and spent countless hours ensuring those children felt loved and cared for. This body may be fat, but it has taught kindergarten for 6 years, gotten two undergraduate degrees in Early Childhood Education and Psychology, and a Master’s in Special Education. This body may be fat, but it carried my grandmother when she was too weak to walk and skated in a roller derby league for two years. This body may be fat, but it has run two 5Ks, it has given countless hugs to my niece and nephew… and now it has worn a 2 piece bathing suit.
My body is strong, it’s powerful, and it’s mine. I’m not asking you to think I’m beautiful or to admire the things I have done. I am asking you to realize that there is more to a person than what their body looks like.
I debated doing this, but while I was in the store looking for a bathing suit to wear, I heard a little girl tell her mom how badly she wanted to lose weight. I want people to know that it’s ok to be fat and happy. End rant. #thisbodymaybefatbut
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