A couple of e-words have been bouncing around in my brain. This one is what came of the blog I put on the back burner back on New Year's eve.
One word is "elistism". It's bouncing around because of two things: First - the 5% who keep it off after losing significant weight. Second - the classification of the best of the best athletes as "elite". It started bounding about because of admitting to being a "success story" earlier this week and a growing awareness that I'm in the 120's at the first of the year for the third year running.
Does that make me part of an "elite group"? My little Websters says that "elistism" implies sensing oneself as part of an elite group. And just what is an elite group? On to the next definition: "1 the group or part of a group selected or regarded as the finest, best, most distinguished, most powerful, etc."
One could consider those who successfully maintain long-term as an elite group.
Then the rebel in me brings up the other word, one I hold dear: "egalitarian". Because I like to think of myself as an egalitarian. Normal. Like everybody. Americans especially want to hold this value dear: after all, it's part of our declaration of independence. It's patriotic to be an egalitarian.
But as I found when I scurried a few pages back in my Webster's: it may not mean what I thought it did! One can be both a member of the elite and an egalitarian. Because "egalitarian" is "1 advocating or characterized by the belief that all people should have equal political, social, and economic rights".
Whoa! It doesn't mean believing we are all equal and the same in our talents, abilities, or achievements! It means I believe everyone has the right to pursue to the best of what is in us, to reach for our goals and desires. We won't get into politics, here... in this blog we talk Spark-y things like weight loss, fitness, and a healthy life style.
As an egalitarian I have no secrets about how I have got from there to here. I believe everyone who wants it should have the right to pursue success. But there are no guarantees of equal results. I'm definitely NOT an elite athlete. Yet I aspire to be part of the elite of maintainers of a healthy weight following the size of loss I've had.
I prize the egalitarian attitude: you want it? You can go for it! And if you keep pursuing with the single minded focus of "this is saving my life"... you can do it.
You don't have to be an elitist to recognize that you're worth the effort. Because being worth the effort? That's part of the inalienable right to pursue happiness! And this is a very egalitarian concept.
Life is good... Spark on!