There is a fantastic line that I had the pleasure of reading this morning:
“Being a woman who likes herself, is proud of herself, is impressed with herself, in public: There might not be a more subversive act.” – Sady Doyle
This line came to my attention via a fantastic post over at Shapely Prose. I’d suggest to anyone having a day of self-doubt (or anyone really) to go and read not only the post, but the comments. We human beings are amazing creatures. And all too often we allow ourselves to downplay just how awesome we each are. So let today be a Friday of “I am Awesome!” and let those folks over at SP (or here if you wish!) know just why you rock so much!
My own version of F-ing awesomeness goes something like this:
I am April Fucking D. I have my own blog, which I’ve been writing at for more than a year (actually, almost TWO!) and I’m pretty funny, articulate and expressive. I even have 244 people who subscribe to it; just to keep tabs on new posts, presumably so they can then read what I wrote!
I’m also really good at writing papers and just finished a 79 page area study on libraries in Poland for my Masters Degree (in a class where others were just yesterday bemoaning how they think their work will be “done” at 13 pages).
I am a really good belly dancer who always dances with a smile.
I am a passion-filled jazzy trumpet player.
I am really good at crocheting amigurumi creatures; something I taught myself only recently.
Oh, and lest I forget: I am also fucking cute. In actions, in fat adorable appearance, in words.
I have also made a grown man cry out “Where did you learn to do that”?! in ecstasy. Fuck yeah. April Fucking D. Don’t let the “cute” fool you on the “sexy”.
As I’ve already written before, the ability to say “no” to making apologies runs strong now in my mental mantra. It is even stronger today as I re-assert the many ways in which I am really fantastic. I endeavor to keep self-deprecating comments from my mouth; instead my focus shall be on the amazing things I achieve, the small and the large. I wouldn’t hesitate to stop my friends and loved ones from making self-disparaging remarks about their skills or selves; why should I not also do the same of myself?
As another happy note to further encourage a good feeling this Friday, a quick one-word Google search for “Fat” now brings up Big Fat Blog: The Fat Acceptance Weblog as the second result, after Wikipedia. To me this is a signal that even if there are obnoxious throngs of people stuffing their fingers in their ears, unwilling to lose their “innocent” belief in Fat as Wrong; the word IS getting out there that other options exist. That, to me, speaks volumes. Because even if those finger-in-ear folks are still out there crying out loudly, railing against all that is Being Fat, people are listening to the Fat Acceptance message. Listening….and perhaps even… hearing.
So go forth my Round Shapers. Go forth and be Fatly Awesome in all that you do.