This is a great piece, and it really resonates with me. I’ve struggled with my weight for years, and it’s constantly an uphill battle against the image society says we should adhere to. But the truth is, as you said, not everybody can or wants to fit that standard, nor should we. There’s no reason to judge someone for their appearance, or think that it affects you in any way, shape, or form.
I’m currently working as a personal trainer and it can be heartbreaking sometimes. I took the job because I wanted to help people, and I get to do that, but I also see and hear what some of my clients think about themselves. I never want them to feel like they have to be in there so others will look at them differently. But that’s sometimes been the case and it’s really troubling. But I suppose I’m the same way at times, and that’s the problem. It’s really hard to get to a place where you can truly accept yourself as you are, or as you’d like to be, when you’re surrounded by messages telling you how you should be.