Wednesday, October 5, 2011

The Whale and the Mermaid

Hello hello my friends!

Sorry i've been MIA, and sorry i keep making excuses.  I think i've mentioned before that life is extremely hectic right now and we're just trying to get moved into our new house, but problem after problem keep arising. 

But i have not forgotten you!  Today i ran across a photo and an analogy i wanted to share with you :)

French model Tara Lynn

A while back, at the entrance of a gym, there was a picture of a very thin and beautiful woman. The caption was "This summer, do you want to be a mermaid or a whale?"

The story goes, a woman (of clothing size unknown) answered the following way:

"Dear people, whales are always surrounded by friends (dolphins, seals, curious humans), they are sexually active and raise their children with great tenderness.
They entertain like crazy with dolphins and eat lots of prawns. They swim all day and travel to fantastic places like Patagonia, the Barents Sea or the coral reefs of Polynesia.
They sing incredibly well and sometimes even are on cds. They are impressive and dearly loved animals, which everyone defend and admires.

Mermaids do not exist.
But if they existed, they would line up to see a psychologist because of a problem of split personality: woman or fish?
They would have no sex life and could not bear children.
Yes, they would be lovely, but lonely and sad.
And, who wants a girl that smells like fish by his side?

Without a doubt, I'd rather be a whale.

At a time when the media tells us that only thin is beautiful, I prefer to eat ice cream with my kids, to have dinner with my husband, to eat and drink and have fun with my friends.

We women, we gain weight because we accumulate so much wisdom and knowledge that there isn't enough space in our heads, and it spreads all over our bodies.
We are not fat, we are greatly cultivated.
Every time I see my curves in the mirror, I tell myself: "How amazing am I ?! "
French model Tara Lynn     

UK model Chloe Marshall

Australian model Crystal Renn
Kailee O'Sullivan
Two of my beautiful sisters
My beautiful mother and me
My beautiful sister in law
A beautiful friend

Another beautiful sister in law

You are all beautiful!!

How Amazing are we?


Gaylynn said...

WE are amazing and that was a great post! You know, even when I had a 'perfect' body I never realized it, because everyone else had their opinion of what I should be. I allowed that to cloud my perception of myself, which eventually led to some eating issues, which has landed me in plus-plus land. I always say, however, that at least I'm not a lazy couch potato, and I could work circles around most of the skinnies out there. Don't get me wrong, I'd love to at least look like the plus models - I think they are beautiful in all of their voluptuous-ness. In the end, I've known a lot of 'ugly' skinny people, and I've known a lot of 'beautiful' fat people - what's inside really does matter most.

Katie said...

I think we all fall victim to being critical of ourselves based on society's "perceptions of beauty." *Sigh. Society needs a major wake-up call, if you ask me.

Beauty is something has so little to do with body size and so much to do with personality and heart. I would be lying if I said there was no such thing as physical beauty -- there certainly is, but I definitely disagree with the notion that it is some super skinny waif.

I will also say, however, that I think body snark needs to end on ALL fronts. As a bigger person, I shouldn't automatically make assumptions of skinny people, either. And I shouldn't be critical of their bodies anymore than I want them to be critical of mine.

Furthermore, how sad is it that people still think it's okay to bully and judge someone because of their size? I ran across a quote today where someone said "I just started a new diet: you can eat as much of anything as you want, but you have to do it in a room full of fat, naked people."

My response? NOT FUNNY. Why do we think it is okay to bully fat people and make fun of their size?

And anyway, what do YOU care about my body shape? RIGHT!?

LOVE YOU, love this story, and love the photos.

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C'Maya said...

I love this! I was just telling my friend yesterday that I sometimes feel to curvy to be beautiful...ironic since I had to go down in pant size because I sometimes forget to eat...haha. He told me that most men like women to be more curvy than women think they have to be. I realized its so true! with the exception to one jerk I dated who dared to call me fat, all of them have said that I was perfect the way I was..or that I could stand to gain some weight. Ive decided that whatever is on me is there to love, and whoever doesnt like it can keep it to themselves! lol! I, for the record, think that all of the women you posted pics of today are STUNNING! Especially you!

Jillyn said...

Thanks for sharing your opinions ladies! I feel that ALL shapes and sizes need to be accepted! People shouldn't bash heavy people, and they shouldn't bash the slender ones either. Everyone is beautiful in their own way and i think it's important to remember who gave us these wonderful bodies for us to use.

As an analogy i heard, life is like a game of football and when we were up in heaven gearing up for 'the big game' God gave us our uniforms. We didn't care what uniform we would be given, all we cared about is that we would have a chance to play in 'the big game'. And when you look around we all have all sorts of 'uniforms'. And it is those uniforms that allow us to enjoy our lives. So lets stop fretting about the imperfections and start enjoying the game!!