The fight for fat acceptance is a going to be a long haul, so today I thought I would post about inspiration.
I am unrepentant inspiration lover: inspirational quotes, cheesy songs, this is one of my favorite videos:
Here is another favorite video – this one is from the Fit Fatties Forum
Some people I know make fun of me good-naturedly. They say it’s silly, they say that they are too jaded for such cheesy things to motivate or inspire them. They imply that I am perhaps a bit ridiculous for deriving motivation and inspiration from Michael Bolton singing Go the Distance from Hercules. They may well be right and as usual I’m not saying anyone else has to crank up the Michael Bolton. So maybe I am kind of cheesy and ridiculous when it comes to this.
I. Do. Not. Care.
We live in a world where we can get 386,170 negative messages about my body every year and so those of us who choose to love ourselves and our bodies, and those of us who want to let other people know that they can do the same if they choose not only have to actively reject every single one of those messages but then find the energy to shout new messages at the top of our voices.
One of the things I want is a world that embraces bodies of all shapes and sizes and I’m willing to fight for that. The catch is that in order to do that I have to deal with a lot of crap from a lot of trolls and haters, and companies that profit from making us feel like crap about ourselves. So send in the quotes, the theme from Greatest American Hero, If by Rudyard Kipling, whatever it takes to get us through. We may be cheesy, but we’re cheesy and kicking ass.
Do you have a favorite thing that inspires you and helps you when the negative messages from a fat phobic society get to be too much? Feel free to post them in the comments!
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