Thanks David. Yeah, I got told too many times that I am so lucky I don’t have to work hard for the body I’ve got. I’ve heard that for a long, long time. The assumptions people make are inane at times- oh, they’re skinny so it must be SO easy for them. Really? None of us knows what someone else’s story is. We have no clue. Where it gets up my nose is when people- especially women- are outright angry at me. They accuse me of having SUCH an easy life, everything is just SO much better for me because I have this body. That’s the reason for the bitch slap comment. People can succumb to jealousy for the most absurd reasons, which they themselves manufacture. The truth is a very different story. When people take the time to ask, and that means with courtesy, they may find out a whole other story. As a journalist I do that all the time. Everyone has baggage. Everyone has sadness. Everyone has paid a price for something, usually a high one. The simple truth is that we are not privy to others’ worlds, their lives and experiences. When someone makes the assumption that just because a woman is beautiful or a man is handsome, life is just ever so much easier, they are making the judgment that by being attractive, then bad stuff doesn’t happen in those lives. That’s patently untrue. My main point, more than anything, though David, is that as someone who has been ridiculed for my weight as I put the cracks in the sidewalk while running, I want people to stop and think about what it takes for folks like that to get out and get moving. A modicum of respect might be kind. Thanks as always for your comments.

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