Every day, smart folks who are killing diet-culture with kindness shoot for unlikely outcomes. We send out our columns, pitch our books, ask for a change, put up well documented reserach…
There are two ways we can keep going:
ONE: Realize that the odds are against you, and keep going anyway. This means keeping at the hard work of writing, researching, speaking up when no one wants to hear, telling your story even though it’s socially awkward. Showing up. Investing time in creating compassionate and important work. Doing your homework. Being brave, courageous, fierce.
TWO: Stop. Realize the problem is too big, too entrenched, too overwhelming. Keep your ideas to yourself. Speak up, but only in safe environments where those who think like you are already on your side.
The thing is, it’s up to you. Both are actually okay. And sometimes it’s necessary to step from one to the other, gain strength, sort out your thoughts and go back.
The world is significantly more likely to hear, make a change, listen to your brave questions or do that thing you’re hoping for if you get that you’re a caring, focused, generous human, one who is taking an almost impossible stance. One that occasionally needs a rest, a break, a pause. But the world does need your voice.
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