Tuesday, 25 January 2011

In a perfect world…

I’ve been reading this book about a woman fighting the never ending battle of the bulge and how it affects her psyche and the way she believes others perceive her. She cannot see herself as beautiful nor can she ever see herself as attractive to men. Then one day something happens that changes all that – it was just simply a suggestion put into her mind – a belief if you like - that was forced on her and suddenly she sees her curves and weight as something that just is and looks beyond that to the beauty of her hair and her eyes etc.

It’s a nice idea if it was a nice world we lived in. Unfortunately, the world is not nice to anyone who is perceived as different to what is considered the norm. And, while I believe positive self belief can conquer 98% of the shite that people try to force on you and try to bring you down with, there’s always that 2% that eats at you.

Shame, we still can’t seem to accept overweight people as people with a health problem and not people who like to over-eat. Shame, we have to read feel good books about mythical situations to look at what life could be like if we allowed it.

Amarinda Jones
Penn Halligan
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