Tuesday, November 29, 2011
"We feel it's unacceptable to be fat, when it has nothing to do with who the person actually is." -Gwyneth Paltrow
What I haven't yet learned is if we as fat people are invisible because society makes us that way. It's not polite to stare at the fat girl, so instead we're just going to pretend she doesn't exist? Or is it to do with my self esteem growing as my weight is shrinking? Are people more apt to talk to me in the halls at work, in the grocery store, on dating sites, because I'm more likely to talk to them rather than avert my eyes and continue to be invisible?
In this month of reinvention, I have been reading blogs of people who at least appear to have their shit together. They love themselves for who they are and nothing more, but certainly nothing less. Things I have a problem with? The majority of these bloggers are skinny girls who have always been skinny girls (not that there's anything WRONG with that) but I just can't relate to them. In my own mind I'm thinking "Of course you're happy! You've never been called fat! You've never gone into a clothing store and not been able to find something you could fit into! You have no idea what unhappiness is!" All of this I know is completely false and everyone knows what it's like to be unhappy about one thing or another, but it's nearly impossible for me to follow the advice of a stranger telling me "love yourself!" when they've never REALLY been in my shoes.
Now onto the question of do I love myself? More so now than probably ever. I get very disappointed in my lack of progress over the last few months, but then I put on my clothes and they're all baggy. I shave my legs and I don't get winded. I can see and feel the definition of muscles in my legs and arms and back and shoulders and waist that I have never been able to feel before. I can walk at an 8 degree inclined treadmill, and yes, I get winded, and yes, I get sweaty, but I can do it. I sleep better at night (most of the time) and it's so much easier for me to get up in the morning. There are still days when I absolutely hate myself and who I am and what I look like, but those days are fewer and farther between.
Now, onto the dating. I have a really hard time believing someone when they tell me I am beautiful. I have never taken compliments well, and when we get back to the whole fat = ugly issue, and there is a huge mess. I chalk it up to taking good photos, and of course I wouldn't post the ones that are bad. I take probably five bad photos to every one good one. I am squishy and short and kind of have an attitude problem on even the best of days. Beautiful? Pft. Stop lying. It's also one thing to have someone tell you you're beautiful online. (which, sadly, is where I do most of my dating...) But to have them tell you in person, to your face, and your first response is "Shut UP!"
There's something wrong with me.
So, for any fellow fatties out there, what do you think? Invisibility because that's what society is taught to do, or do we seclude ourselves from people unintentionally to try to hide our size? Or a combination of both? And what can we do to end it?