Sarah was a casual friend across the street, the kind of friend you meet at the pepper seller’s place or at the mini grocery store on the street. The kind of friend you don’t know the colour of her living room curtain, but anytime you meet, you just jelled.
Today, I saw her and asked about her baby.
“Baby?” she asked ” I was never pregnant, I noticed the last time we saw about two months ago, you wished me a safe delivery, I wondered if I was pregnant, and maybe I didn’t know, I quickly did a home test which turned out negative” She laughed heartily ” or is it the shape of my stomach that made you assume I was pregnant.. I nodded with no words finding its way out of my mouth.
” Oh that, it’s a family thing, it’s our body make up, since I was a kid, my stomach had always been protruded, when I was a kid, I was called the kwashiorkor kid, because my stomach looked bigger than the rest of my body, and that’s just how we all look in our family, when I grew up I tried all sorts, Fad diets, exercises, Real diets, I even did different medical tests to find out if my intestines were ok, and it was perfect, there was no tummy fat…”.
As she kept talking about different approaches she applied , I looked at her closely, she wasn’t excessively fat, she was OK, it was just the stomach that seem a bit out of place, and it seem her back was a bit curved than usual which could literally be the cause of the stomach pushing itself forward.
” Wow… And your husband doesn’t feel somehow? ” I popped out the question before realising it..
” How!.. We never discussed it, maybe that’s because I have never seen it as a problem, so he can’t see it as one, sis, everyone can’t look the same, I had to accept myself this way, when I realised there was nothing I could do to change me, except cosmetic surgery, and that for me is a NO NO.. I am me, and the Tummy is not affecting my health, it didn’t stop me from having David, my son, why let worry kill me?
We chatted for more minutes, and as I walked home, what resonated with me was ” You are beautiful when you are you, BE YOU Till your FuLlness, and you will be beautiful. Looking at Sarah , she was a really beautiful woman, her smiles were epic, her shape was beautiful as well except for the tummy, which hasn’t stopped her from living a good Life.
Friends, We live in a world where everyone wants to be Slim, skinny and curvy like some celebrities, Must we all be size zero, and look the same like some sets of zombies.? Find your shape, embrace you, BE YOU. There is a big difference between trying to be on the right diet for your health and forcing a diet on your self in order to look like someone else. Your body make up is different. Embrace, and make the best out of YOU
You are BeYOUtiful, when YOU are YOU.
Disclaimer: Am I against weight loss?, NO! Lose any weight that is not healthy for you, but don’t go overboard changing your body shape so as to conform to the world’s craze of the acceptable shape. Someday, very soon, the world may change the trend and tell you, it is pretty to have a bulgy stomach. Don’t let the world dictate how YOU should be, because YOU are beautiful when YOU are YOU.
YOU WERE MADE IN THE IMAGE OF GOD, DONT TRY TO REMAKE YOURSELF INTO THE IMAGE OF ANOTHER PERSON.. ( Gen 1:26-27)
YOU WERE WONDERFULLY AND FEARFULLY MADE. PRAISE GOD FOR THAT. ( PSM 139:14)
Inspired by the LIVING WORD