I love Winnie the Pooh. I won’t say that he really embodies a self-acceptance activist but who can watch his incredibly happy exercise song (which he does with fun and happiness and not as a slave to some loftier unattainable goal) and NOT feel a smile creeping onto their face?
I am short, fat,
And proud of that,
And so with all my might,
I up, down, up, down,
To my appetite’s delight.
While I up, down, touch the ground,
I think of things to chose…
Oh… like hunny and milk and chocolate…
With a hefty happy appetite,
I’m a hefty happy Pooh… (Emphasis mine)
(ETA: The first part of this movie is here below (the part with the exercise song is at minute 4:04))
And to see the attempt at getting honey as a rain cloud:
How refreshing to be sure of yourself; know when you’re hungry and listen to your body’s hunger cues, exercise for fun and with musical happiness and eat with pleasure.
Bear in mind, just as I am not striving to BE Santa Claus merely because I find the idea of such an individual to have happy meaning for many people, I’m also not interested in becoming a short, fat stuffed bear (or cookie munching monster) However, many of the lessons that such simple and straightforward figures can offer us are not to be thrown to the wind.
Size does not deter Pooh’s efforts to try the impossible (like being a rain cloud to fool some honey bees) or to continue feeding his body the nutrients it needs and craves or to do exercises he LIKES to do. Being a fat bear does not mean Pooh is less loved by his woodland friends or his human companion. It does not limit what he can set his mind to do. He is what he is. He knows it, accepts and loves it, and lives his life without imposing mental limitations on what he should or shouldn’t be doing just BECAUSE he is a short, fat bear.
And those lessons my dear reader, are what I take from this fun character to share with you today. Don’t make mental limits on what you can do in life just because of who you are or the shape your body takes. Don’t feel that you are somehow not allowed or do not deserve to listen to your body and treat it with fun and happiness.
I am tall, fat,
and proud of that.
And so with all my might
I write down joyful words
to help and teach delight…
With a hefty mental appetite, I’m a hefty, happy me.