Noted: The addition of this statement at the tail end of the article
“*This article reflects the opinion of the author and was written in a satirical manner. “
That was not there when this was initially making the rounds on the internets.
(Therein lies lesson #1: What is posted online NEVER gets erased. NEVER. It’s immortal, like Vanna White and Donald Trump’s combover.)
That addition is a tad suspicious, since I know *I * myself shared the article and said “I sincerely hope this is satire.” But I digress.
Even with satire, hell, the entire point of satire, is that it’s the literary equivalent of saying something while drunk. “Oh, I didn’t mean it, I was drunk, let’s just forget it.” Thing is, drunkenness merely removes one’s filter. Those thoughts are there, otherwise they would not have been manifested verbally rather than remaining inside one’s head.
If this is indeed a satire, that still means that Kayla has observed people expressing the very ideas she has compiled. Is it ok for people to have and express their feelings? YES! But when expressing one’s own feelings and opinions, it is imperative to be mindful of the true origin of those thoughts. To be discussed after my point by point rebuttal ;)
#1 They make completely average people think they are famous.
Phew. Ok, where to begin? 1- We have the Kardashians, and the other reality-show-du-jour cast members (I don’t have tv, so I’m proudly out of that loop). Not only that, but even famous people are actually average people too. They grocery shop, exercise, read bedtime stories to their kids, etc etc. They simply have the added facet of being known among more people than we are. But even then, there are many levels of celebrity. Many are known almost worldwide (Einstein, Mother Theresa, Jesus), nationally (Hilary Clinton, Matthew McConaughey), then on down to either the town community level (those people in your town that are everyone there knows) or other community level (such as running: the Gouchers and Shalane Flanagan; metaphysical art: Alex Grey and Android Jones; bodybuilding/fitness: Ashley Horner).
If someone gains recognition within their community, if they use that recognition to propel the good aspects of that community, then awesome! With celebrity comes responsibility, which is a challenge. Props to those who accept supercede the challenge.
#2 They make you feel bad for eating normal food.
No, YOU make you feel bad for eating whatever food you eat. My girl Kate put it best:
“It would be nice to begin shifting our attitude from “xyz food is bad” to “I don’t feel my best when I eat xyz food.”
Many people have beliefs about food and food groups that rival intense religious factions; barring an allergy or intolerance, most of us would benefit from relaxing our grip on these ideas.
For example, I have celiac and am allergic to dairy. I know if I choose to eat these things, I will be sick. I also know that I feel my best when I don’t eat sugar and eat minimal grains. Do I believe all of these to be “bad”? Of course not. And that slight shift of intention and attitude is an important one. If I choose to eat sugar, I am not “being bad,” but I probably won’t feel my best either.
When we begin to treat ourselves like we deserve the best in life—in every area—it can have profound effects on how we choose to nourish ourselves.”
We are responsible for our own feelings. That thread is woven throughout the tapestries of our lives.
#3 They think this is sexy:
*still trying to find an awesome picture for this*
Everyone has their own idea of what is sexy. Believe me, I’ve worked in some places where I have witnessed that firsthand. We are all different, from what we enjoy doing to how our brains work to what we find sexy. That’s what keeps life interesting: finding those with different passions and those who share our passions are both wonderful experiences and connections.
Not only that, but if lifting and getting stacked is what makes you feel right in your own body, you exude that, and confidence is perhaps the sexiest character trait of all.
#4 They only know how to express themselves in meme form
The non-fitness community is also guilty of meme-overindulgence. As long as they’re clever and not hurtful, I dig ‘em; they sprinkle random giggles into my day.
#5 They complain about their self-imposed lifestyle (e.g. “meal-prepping”)
Everyone does that. About everything. Co-miseration is a form of connection, although I wholeheartedly admit I prefer co-rad-ation (“This is the coolest, isn’t it?!”)
#6 They upload photos and videos of workouts that anyone can do
Exactly. They share because 1- It’s their passion and 2- it might be that final bit of inspiration another person needs to try it him/herself. The symbiosis of uplifting is nothing to hate on, rather, witnessing it and loving on it raises one’s own energy. It’s utilizing the law of entropy to our advantage.
#7 They suddenly believe they are certified nutritionists
Nothing’s wrong with sharing cool information. We are also all an experiment of one. I was vegan for two years because that is what my body needed and thrived on at the time. I now incorporate some meats (chicken turkey and fish) and goat dairy, because my body is craving those forms of protein and has been assimilating them well. Of course I remain gluten free on account of the Celiac, but it’s about listening to your body and eating things as close to their natural form as possible.
And here’s another little secret: I’m the one most intimately affected by my dietary choices. If I eat shitty food for me, I’m the one who feels like trash. Oh buddy, it’s that R word again, RESPONSIBILITY!
#8 They “follow” and “like” people and posts as if they belong to some sort of cult…..which they do
So, they like something that is positive……. is that bad? As long as they are not brainwashed and forced to follow anything, I’m cool with it.
Radical self-expression. If those are the color frequencies that resonate with them, then I’m glad that they are owning it.
#10 Their food makes us sad
Those pictures of the chicken and asparagus look delicious to me. And cakes and pasta are completely unappealing to me. Those are my choices; they don’t have to be yours.
#11 They date each other, procreate and form tribes of weightlifting spawn
Like attracts like. Relationship is about connecting, and shared interests facilitate that process. Though the “spawn” (I prefer to think of them as “the manifestation of a loving connection”) may not necessarily be superpowerlifters. Some athletes have physically uncoordinated but mindblowingly artistic children. Children are mini-mes only in the coding of the DNA, not necessarily its expression.
The main theme that I feel this article brings to light is the role of shame in our society. That is what truly deserves exploration: why we have given so much more power to shame rather than the celebration of our unique choices. We are much more powerful when we emanate from within rather than absorbing the mores of others. Let’s raise the energy of the world and see what happens. I have a suspicion it will be pretty amazing!