Intention Of Readership
If you are in the category of someone who has willfully and knowingly taken yourself to a state of morbid obesity, and are unable to participate in the physical activities of life, I am talking to you. If most forms of recreation with friends, family, or loved ones, suffer or do not exist because of the choices you have made with regard to your eating and your lack of exercise, then I am talking to you – and I am doing so with intentionally hard words. If you find what I have to say offensive, I am sorry. I am hopeful though, that you will find it equally motivating – more so, because I believe in you.
If you are reading this and are active and able to participate in life, but simply don’t like the way your ass looks in a swim suit, thinks your thighs look crappy in shorts, or have ongoing belt lengthening issues, I am not talking to you. If you can shop without a motorized scooter, play catch, or ride a roller-coaster I am not talking to you. If you look and the mirror and say, “bleh”, then proceed to go camping or mow your own lawn, I am not talking to you – though I do hope you get something out of this.
The Crime In Question
In my opinion, you have committed a crime – a murder actually, and I believe you should be punished for that murder. With your poor choices, and your poor non-choices in eating and exercise, you have killed the you that should exist right now but doesn’t. You have murdered that potential you in cold blood, and there you sit inside the rotting corpse with the smoking Dorito still in your hand.
All those little bullets you have been firing into your own mouth have prevented the best possible you from existing today, and that is indeed a crime. Not just a crime against yourself, but a crime against anyone who has ever desired to live a more complete, more active life with you; to walk with you, swim with you, play tennis with you, or to enjoy any kind of action or recreation at all with you. With those choices and non-choices, you have killed the partner, the parent, the sibling, or the friend they have desired and deserved.
Not Punishment, Atonement
The good news is that your punishment for this crime does not need to be confinement. In fact, it should be exploration; the exploration of the word and all that can be done in it. This punishment is the opportunity to embrace that which you have ignored and forsaken with regard to the physical you; to seek professional advice and open yourself up to the possibility of movement.
Together, this crime and this punishment might be the only instance when someone murdered can actually be brought back to life, or brought into being for the very first time. By simply making better choices on the heels of reading this, the you that you murdered can be resuscitated back into being. Though this sentence – this exploration, should start slowly, and with professional guidance, the sentence you should impose upon yourself is to start taking daily action – today!
Before you begin your sentence, before you start to breathe life into the you that you really should be, I do have a suggestion for you – just in case you fail at fulfilling your sentence and remain dead inside yourself. I want you to write a eulogy for the you that you chose to kill with all of your poor choices. A eulogy which might make mention of all the good times that were never had, all the moments that were missed, and all the relationships that have been strained by your selfish act of murdering the real you. Be sure to name all the loved ones you have left behind.
When you are done writing that eulogy, make two copies. Place one on your refrigerator door and the other on your pantry door. Each time you open that pantry or open the fridge, read the eulogy – aloud. Remind yourself who you are killing, why, and who the peripheral victims are. Stop, breath, think, react. Be well. rc
Addendum: This is not directed at those who are morbidly obese to medical conditions or genetic predisposition. Simply, this is intended for anyone who simply ate his or herself into that state of unnecessary state of being.