Last week I brought up the F-Word Fat, but today I want to look at another word that starts with F (though certainly not an F-word, but rather the contrast).
In noticing the feelings, attributes, and judgments associated with Fat, I see that “Freedom” conveys the opposite.
Here’s how I see it played out:
|Inferior, Defective, Flawed||Innate Worth|
|Shame||Respect and Esteem|
Whereas Fat hones in on the different, the counter-culture, the outside-of-acceptable weight/appearance and criticizes, condemns, and demands conformity, Freedom sees the beauty, value, and distinctive strengths and experiences that each person brings. With Freedom, you can be who you are, weigh what you weigh, and “deserve” the same treatment, birthday cake, and respect as everyone else. There is a light-ness, but also a grounding when you choose Freedom.
Freedom also comes with responsibility. You can choose what to eat, when to eat, how much to eat. You can abuse your freedom and thereby abuse your body with excess or deficiency. You can choose to see others as free beings like you, or you can stuff them into other classifications, like Fat. You can exercise your freedom to choose not to be free and put yourself in your own handmade cage of Fat (or Idiot, Stupid, Worthless, take your pick).
Do you see yourself as Free or Fat or…?
How will you use your Freedom?