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04 July 2008 @ 03:43 pm
in which a. makes a public service announcement  
Public Service Announcement

Remember that today is just one day among so many others... What you do today will not ruin the rest of your life, unless you set someone on fire. Today will not make you fat, and eating today will not make others stare at you in disgust. It is sometimes hard to realize that what we do today will not condemn our souls to Fat Hell, but today, if not tomorrow, if not yesterday, today realize that you are not horrible if you ate more than you thought you would.

It is hard. I know, especially for those of you who have families that celebrate the current U.S. holiday, that it is hard to let go of that hard-won sense of control and repentance. Still, you are not horrible for eating today. Everyone and their dead grandmother is eating today, and you all know that what seems like a massive amount to you is paltry in comparison to what someone else would consider a normal day. Chances are, no matter what you ate, you haven't eaten that much. There is always going to be someone who has eaten more and, even though you may think you have eaten the house, you haven't. It's OK. You're going to be OK. There was no damage done. It's OK.

Fact: most U.S. citizens would consider 2,000 calories a day to be a normal amount to eat.
Fact: on holidays, many of these people will eat over 3,000 calories a day.
Fact: it is likely in the extreme that you did not eat that many calories.

For those of you who have eaten today, I just want you to know that I am extremely proud of you. You didn't give in to those monsters we call our eating disorders; you kept some of your soul from being swallowed up today. Remember that it is not what adversity you face, it is that you ultimately triumph over it. And if you have eaten at all, you have triumphed. It would be so much easier to give in, to just starve. You have not, and for that you have a strength beyond what the fools who glorify diseases call 'willpower' and 'control'. You are more than strong, you are heroic.

And you are beautiful.

That is all.
lgmaslgmas on July 4th, 2008 11:48 pm (UTC)
That was beautiful, it made me feel a lot better.
Thank you so much :-)
Your writing really is amazing
busysecretsbusysecrets on July 5th, 2008 02:15 am (UTC)
Thank you! And you're welcome. :)
narcotic_wraith on July 5th, 2008 01:13 am (UTC)
This made me happier by alot!
But I still feel like a failure for eating those piclkes and celery...
I can eat, but the guilt and sadness isn't so easy to shake off.
busysecretsbusysecrets on July 5th, 2008 02:15 am (UTC)
It really is, and it's especially hard when we know that the things I stated are true, it's just that the rules of reality don't apply to us and in the back of our heads we're still worthless and ugly.

You are definitely not a failure. I don't think so. So there.
meganlafayemeganlafaye on July 5th, 2008 03:39 am (UTC)
Funny, I hadn't gotten around to reading this before I made the post I just did.
I ate today. And I really am trying not to hate myself for it. At least right now.
My body was screaming for it.

Thank you for the words, they are a great help. <3