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Day 2 – Ja well, but why?

My favourite pose in Shankill Road, with my South African Beanie one... In reconciliation with one self all is possible
My favourite pose in Shankill Road, with my South African Beanie one… In reconciliation with one self all is possible

The flesh was willing, but the get up and go did not want to play with at the start.

The body was surprisingly fit after yesterday, but what started off as a sunny day – yes I even have a bit of sunburn – ended up being a day with gusts and showers.

So I am inspired by a comment by Gisela to write the reason tonight why I am doing this walk, and particularly in this outfit.

I am truly astounded every day how conscious young kids are already about their dietary habits, or lack of – and what they look like.

I respect and appreciate the Jamie Oliver’s of this world and all attempts to make kids eat more healthy, but even the healthiest eating child can have self image issues – and hence lead to eating disorders.

What you never hear about is that genetics also dictates what you will look like and how you will be built – and that we can do absolutely nothing about. So where are they explaining THAT to kids?

Where do they teach them coping mechanisms to deal with not being little Brad Pitts and Claudia Schiffers? Do they teach them other skills, or park it with a “ah you’ll be grand”

So I learnt when I was not going to be the next Ms South Africa to develop a keen sense of humour, or something akin to what is referred to as a personality.

I also learnt that when you are not “normal”, best to learn to laugh at yourself, before others do! Simple really!

So this walk is to raise funds for BodyWhys first and foremost, to help them help those who are not blessed with the confidence to deal with whatever causes their attitude with food.

But it is also for me. To remind myself that just before I take myself too seriously, and become too corporate – that at the core of who and what I am is having a bit of a laugh… even at my own expense.

When I read up on BodyWhys’s function in today’s society I realised that is exactly what they deal with. And I wonder how much time and hurt in my own life could have been avoided had I that type of support in my early teens, when it could have made such a difference.

One thought on “Day 2 – Ja well, but why?

  1. I, and I gather many others, admire what you are doing, Bettie. I think it would be safe to say that in many societies today people are NOT encouraged to have a positive self / body image.
    There is a lot of talk about these issues but pictures are worth a thousand words and there is basically ONE image of success (money), ONE image of ‘beauty’ (Hollywood etc.), ONE image of happiness, health and even normality.
    I avoided looking in shop windows for years. I couldn’t bear to see myself in them, because what glanced back at me did NOT resemble what I saw in (photo-shopped) images around me. What kind of society breeds such a phobia?

    Perhaps you’re standing up for the right to be unique. No small matter in today’s world. There is very little support for that in the world-at-large, despite all the empty prattle to the contrary.
    Good luck with the days ahead.
    Dalene

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