Sunday, February 7, 2010

Misguided Values . . .

I can't sleep, so I have decided to blog; makes sense right?! I had a birthday party for my mom yesterday and it went well. Everyone loved my High Protein Low-Carb Taco Bake ;) Afterwards, my roommate and I were discussing life in general, and she said something that really made me stop and think about how society values (or doesn't value for that matter) overweight people. I was telling her how sometimes I got down on myself for letting myself get to 342lbs. Whether it be from circumstances, and me eating to mask my emotions to hide behind the pain of being raped, the fact remains that I still became morbidly obese. I was telling her I had started this weight loss journey at 342 lbs, and her comment (and I know she meant nothing by it, she had good intentions) was that she loved me anyways at that weight. My thought? Well yeah! Duh! Just because someone is fat does not mean they have less value as a person. That is like saying they don't like someone because their hair is blonde. Why is someone who is fat and obviously hurting not valuable? The answer. They are. Like the old saying "If you prick us do we not bleed?" I used to be a person who laughed at fat people and thought they were not worth my time and energy. I can remember very vividly a time my brother and I probably not any older than 10 yrs old were waiting for an elevator at the hotel we were staying at, and pointed and laughed at a fat woman. How cruel. This really stuck with me. Being that fat person now has humbled me and made me empathetic. If you see me on the street, wave don't point. If you see me at work smile, don't laugh. If you talk to me be sincere, not fake.