Tuesday, February 19, 2013
A few days ago I stumbled across a write up about how an obese individual was self conscious about running. He was afraid of people laughing or making snide remarks... This hit very close to home for me.
When I first started to run I was pretty big. I've had people laugh at me when I told them I started running. I've had strangers make remarks as I was running. I've had people laugh, and at times even go as far as make racist remarks. It was rough, but I got through it.
I was determined to meet every challenge. At first it was to run for 5 minutes straight! Then it moved up gradually and before I knew it... I was running further and further than I ever had before.
It's interesting how humans are supposed to be this superior being, yet we treat each other like crap. We do this for many reasons, ignorance mainly. It's a sad commentary when another person is going to poke fun at someone who is only trying to better themselves. It's awful.
I had/have a thick skin, but I know a lot of people don't. I see people every year who are self conscious about their running. I always try to say something positive. I want them to succeed. I want them to gain confidence and improve themselves as I did.
I hope the next time you see that larger person who's starting out... that one person with their head down, looking at the ground in front of them, sweat dripping off their soaked hair, that you'll acknowledge their efforts for what it is... amazing. Something as simple as a thumbs up can make a difference... remember that.