Wednesday, October 5, 2011

I want to be the whale!

I found this on Facebook.  I dont know who wrote it, so I cannot give credit to who wrote it, but it defiantly wasnt me!  I really like it.

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 ?! "

(The girl on the picture is French model Tara Lynn)


Tas said...

Great post. I'd rather continue being a whale too.

Tanya said...

ahhh, it's complicated. I love those photos. I think it's about being comfortable in your own skin regardless of size- women small and large have issues with their body image, (not just larger women as is sometimes presumed, I reckon), and just because someone is large, doesn't mean they have body issues. At the moment I am actually trying to lose a decent amount of weight for health reasons. My lovely daughter said 'like, why do you need to get fitter anyway, Mum? You are good as you are'. LOVE! Mostly I do think I am reasonably 'good as I am' (not always) but for me, it's about longevity and trying to maximise that! Good on you for engaging in a conversation about a tricky issue Carolyn!