Have you ever been labeled a “health nut” or a “fitness freak” by others when your choices seemed strange or over-the-top to them? Are you the weird mom who embarrasses her kids and causes raised eyebrows from parents by bringing water and fruit as a post-game snack?
I don’t know about you, but I’m sick and tired of being labeled and looked down on for my choices, and I think that we should just let our freak flags fly, people.
The Pressure to Fit In
There is so much social pressure in our lives over EVERYTHING. We are judged for the car we drive, the house we live in, the amount of recycling we do, the activities we participate in, and yes, the things we eat. It’s impossible not to let these social pressures affect us if we’re not strong in our convictions.
The thing about going along with the majority is that the majority is usually WRONG. I love the advice that I’ve heard for success, “Whatever the majority is doing, do the opposite.” This is so true.
The majority of our population is sick and unhealthy, obese and out of shape. Cancer and other life-style related illnesses are literally an epidemic. Therefore, it’s really no surprise that there’s so much social pressure to just drink the damn soda, or to bring the sweetest trans-fat and sugar-loaded snacks to the kids’ soccer games, or to work work work and grab the cheapest and easiest food.
The majority wants to feel ok about their choices, and so they guilt us and make us feel different, obsessive, and abnormal when ours are different.
And hey, this doesn’t just happen between the fit and the non-fit. Even in the fitness world, there is pressure to train like this or eat like that. You eat GRAINS??? Oh Em Gee.
Who cares what their opinion is of you? Who cares if they think you’re wrong? If it’s working for you, that is ALL that matters. Then, you don’t NEED them to agree with you.
Someone will always judge your choices, and you. That’s the nature of life, and most certainly the nature of success. The weak will always be looking over the shoulder of the successful and making up reasons why THEY aren’t successful too, to justify themselves and their insecurities. Judgements are usually only projections of insecurities, not a reflection of any truth about us.
The thing is that no one can control how we feel about ourselves but us. That is a scary yet empowering realization to have. No one can make us feel less than or weird without our permission.
So if you want to eat a salad when everyone else is eating pizza, do it and don’t apologize to anyone. As a matter of fact, thank yourself silently for being true to yourself and refusing to accept mediocrity for your body.
Be the “over-the-top” mom that brings waters and bananas to the game. Be the co-worker who goes for a run at lunch instead of bingeing at Chili’s after a stressful meeting, and let your freak flag fly just as it is.
Who knows, you may make it look so good that others will follow, and you may end up being a true inspiration for the ones who need it most.