What may be bad for you may be bliss for me.

For the past few Tuesdays, I’ve been parked in front of the TV at 8:00 pm to watch he auditions of American’s Got Talent. I’m not one to continuously watch these preposterous shows of people desperately trying to make something out of their so-called “talent.” While I do believe that some people truly are an inspiration, I find that more often than not, mediocrity is being put through most of the time.

However, this is not my point. One singing group did, in fact, stick out in my mind more than any, and it wasn’t so much for their talent, but for the way they presented themselves. I’m not sure of their name- other than I know it was a play on words. This group of girls was all burlesque-style women with very pretty faces, very lovely voices, and an overweight body- of which they were proud. During their pre-audition performance interview, they stated that they believed that any shape of person could be talented and beautiful.

Being how I am and the things I’ve faced, I quite agree. I feel that no matter what you look like- gender, size, skin color, etc. you can still be beautiful in your own way. Yes, looks are important, but there are so many looks in the world today that it’s just unfair to pinpoint out a select group of people and say, “You must look like them to be acceptable.” Knowing that I wholeheartedly agreed with the statement they made, my father (also overweight) made the comment, “It’s just not healthy.”

I honestly could not believe what was coming out of his mouth… All this stuff that he knew I went through, which was probably experiences I share with the girls- All the harassing and teasing and just being made to feel like you’re the worst human alive because you’re overweight. It’s absolutely appalling. And to hear that uttered from my father? My father who smoked for the majority of his life? Who drinks beer and caffeine everyday? Who works in a smoke-filled casino for eight hours a day, five days a week, for almost 10 years? Who goes to bed at midnight to wake up at 5 in the morning on a regular basis? He’s saying that these women- who call themselves ad other plus size women beautiful- are wrong and just unhealthy?

I have news for people like him: practically everything is unhealthy today. And guess what? Skinny people can be unhealthy and they will, like everyone else, die. I myself could never quite understand the purpose of people running everyday and counting calories like it’s some sort of religion. It just seems so stressful to me- stress that, guess what? Is UNHEALTHY. People, face it, no matter what you look like, what you do, or whatever else, you’re going to be doing something that is “unhealthy.”

People like to pick on the obvious groups of “unhealthys”: smokers, drinkers, and obese people. Guess what? Drinking coffee is unhealthy. Working 40 hours a week and never taking a vacation is unhealthy. Getting a tan is unhealthy. Using a public restroom is unhealthy. Hearing horrible singers on a daily basis is unhealthy.

There are some big problems in the world that lead to prejudice, and I firmly believe that if people would stop worrying about being so damn “healthy” all the time, they would become healthier and happier by just living life. We’ll all die someday. Some will come faster than others, but I know that I’d rather just do what I like to do and die at 40 than to worry about if what I’m doing is healthy and live to be 110. You don’t need to be 100 years old to have had a fulfilling and successful life. Just live happily, and all that will be true- no matter what age is your time to pass on. It’s not hard: just live.
Posted on June 27th, 2007 at 11:13pm


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