My Year To Thrive

"My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style." ~Maya Angelou

The Real Bodies Manifesto-Behind the Scenes | Big Girls Run 2


Mary getting her hair done Big Girls Run 2

Mary getting her hair done!

The Real Bodies Manifesto-Behind the Scenes

I’ve talked about these ladies before, & I wanted to bring this post to your attention because I thought it had such a beautiful message.  Mary took part in a project called The Real Bodies Manifesto, to honor the beauty of real Asian-Americans (read more about it in her post).

In celebrating the variety of beauty among their community, they are also highlighting what makes all of us beautiful that don’t fit the narrowly defined media mold of “beauty”.  I really appreciated these lines of her post:

Too often, we put our lives on hold due to what we believe our bodies are lacking currently. Thoughts of being too fat, too skinny, too dark, too light, too tall, too short, too this and too that, and never enough to fit in. Sometimes, we decide not wear a certain type of clothing, do a certain sport or activity, or simply stop living because we feel that our bodies are imperfect. Yet, it is our very imperfections that make us perfect and REAL. We should not allow outside sources to affect the way we see ourselves and how we want to be represented. We must believe in ourselves when everybody else doubts us.

Read more about the project & her experience, plus see more behind the scenes pics.


Author: despitemyself

A person in flux.

4 thoughts on “The Real Bodies Manifesto-Behind the Scenes | Big Girls Run 2

  1. I’m glad you’re still alive. I’ll leave you alone then.

    • i am alive, but this post was in my queue, so it would have posted even i were laying dead in a ditch somewhere.

      you’ve already heard from my privately & have been cracking wise on my fb r/a status update, so you know some of what happened. i’ll be posting more details here soon.

  2. Thanks for this!

    • You’re very welcome! I got so busy posting, I don’t know if I commented on your post, but you looked great & the whole thing looked like a lot of fun.

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