It’s interesting that this Daily Prompt came up, because this has been on my mind lately. I recently joined this Diet Bet thing, which will mean that I get money if I lose a certain amount of weight in a certain amount of time (and make an initial investment, obviously). And the reason it’s been on my mind is because I am completely, 100% against the whole idea of it.
I think I have the most positive body image out of any girl my age I’ve ever met – or at least had this discussion with. And sure, I have thin privilege, but I’m more or less happy with the way I look, and feel no great motivation to change myself, “better” myself, or, to be cliche, look like the women in my Cosmopolitan magazines. I’m fine how I am, and I don’t think that losing weight makes people better. I make choices for health. I want to be able to walk up the stairs without feeling winded. I want to eat food that doesn’t make me feel sick or in pain after. Basically, I pay close attention to how I feel, and if something makes me feel bad, I don’t do it (I’m looking at you, Entire Box of Cookies. And juice cleanses. Ugh..
So I’m not interested in losing weight, at all. I just want the money.This is basically the easiest way to sum up my priorities.
Back to the point though: When I look in the mirror, the person I see is pretty insignificant. Everything that matters to me happens in my head. It doesn’t matter much what I look like, or what I’d change if I could, because there is so much more to me than my physical characteristics.
Obviously it matters a little bit, or I wouldn’t own makeup or spend all my money on clothes I never wear. But it doesn’t (and shouldn’t) consume my life, because there’s way more interesting things happening in my head than on it.