When a Facebook message begins by addressing a “fatty,” most would assume that what follows would be a few scathing comments. Instead, a user posted this message on Facebook that was absolutely inspiring (even though it had a negative beginning).
“To the fatty running on the track this afternoon…”
“You, whose feet barely lift off the ground as you trudge around the track. You, who keeps to the outside lane, footslogging in the wrong direction. You, who stops for water breaks every lap, and who would probably stop twice a lap if there were bleachers on both sides. You, whose gaze drops to your feet every time we pass. You, whose sweat drenches your body after you leave, completing only a single, 20-minute mile…”
The message starts off condescending, just plain mean. Then, something happens. And I never saw it coming:
“There’s something you should know: You f**ing rock.
“Every shallow step you take, you carry the weight of more than two of me, clinging to your bones, begging to be shaken off.
“Each lap you run, you’re paying off the debt of another midnight snack, another dessert, another beer..
“It’s 20 degrees outside, but you haven’t let that stop your regimen.
“This isn’t your first day out here, and it certainly won’t be your last. You’ve started a journey that lasts a lifetime, and you’ve started it at least 12 days before your New Year’s resolution kicks in.
“You run without music, and I can only imagine the mantras running through your mind as you heave your ever-shrinking mass around the next lap. Let’s go, feet. Shut up, legs. F**k off, fat.
“If you’d only look up from your feet the next time we pass, you’d see my gaze has no condescension in it.
“I have nothing but respect for you. You’ve got this.”
When people are worse than you at what you do, don’t judge them for it. Appreciate that they are still trying. “Don’t judge your beginning to someone else’s middle.” We are all different and in different places in our lives.
So, congratulations to both the “fatty” running and the person who realized their strength. Both of you need to keep it up! Share this awesome message with others.