humansofnewyork
humansofnewyork:

"I’ve been overweight all my life. But I broke up with my boyfriend last year, and things weren’t going well, so it got worse and worse. I’d try to diet, but I’d eat something that I wasn’t supposed to. I’d try to go to the gym, but I’d leave early. I was trying to lose weight because I felt like I needed to be a different person. But time has passed now, and I think I’m approaching weight loss with a much more positive attitude. I know that I can be happy without losing weight. Sure, I wish I could wear prettier clothes. I wish I could take a photograph without my face looking like a football. But I know that I’m not my weight. And it’s hard to come to that conclusion. You really have to battle to separate your self-image from your weight. Because weight is always the first thing that somebody sees. Somebody will see you after a few years, and their first comment is about the weight you’ve put on. Maybe I’ve become a better person these last few years. Maybe I’ve been a great friend to someone. Maybe I’ve read a lot of books and become smarter. Maybe the reason I’ve put on weight is that I’ve got a great job that can be stressful and doesn’t leave me time to go to the gym."
(New Delhi, India)

humansofnewyork:

"I’ve been overweight all my life. But I broke up with my boyfriend last year, and things weren’t going well, so it got worse and worse. I’d try to diet, but I’d eat something that I wasn’t supposed to. I’d try to go to the gym, but I’d leave early. I was trying to lose weight because I felt like I needed to be a different person. But time has passed now, and I think I’m approaching weight loss with a much more positive attitude. I know that I can be happy without losing weight. Sure, I wish I could wear prettier clothes. I wish I could take a photograph without my face looking like a football. But I know that I’m not my weight. And it’s hard to come to that conclusion. You really have to battle to separate your self-image from your weight. Because weight is always the first thing that somebody sees. Somebody will see you after a few years, and their first comment is about the weight you’ve put on. Maybe I’ve become a better person these last few years. Maybe I’ve been a great friend to someone. Maybe I’ve read a lot of books and become smarter. Maybe the reason I’ve put on weight is that I’ve got a great job that can be stressful and doesn’t leave me time to go to the gym."

(New Delhi, India)

portraits-of-america
portraits-of-america:

     “I believe that the things that happen to you as a child greatly shape the rest of your life. I once took a class with a professor who said, ‘Think about your favorite fairytale, the one that makes the greatest impression on you: that is the theme of your life.’ Those early stories are a lot deeper than they seem, and children are attracted to them because of certain interests.     “Similarly, I once heard someone from India say, ‘It doesn’t matter what you do. You are part of a pattern, and you repeat that pattern all your life—unless you’re strong enough to break it.’     “Lastly, I remember a politician being asked by a reporter how he wanted to be remembered at the end of his life. He answered, ‘I’d like to be remembered as someone who did the best he could with what he had.     “So I’ll tell you this about myself: I wasn’t given much in life, but I did the best with what I had.”
Menomonie, WI

portraits-of-america:

     “I believe that the things that happen to you as a child greatly shape the rest of your life. I once took a class with a professor who said, ‘Think about your favorite fairytale, the one that makes the greatest impression on you: that is the theme of your life.’ Those early stories are a lot deeper than they seem, and children are attracted to them because of certain interests.
     “Similarly, I once heard someone from India say, ‘It doesn’t matter what you do. You are part of a pattern, and you repeat that pattern all your life—unless you’re strong enough to break it.’
     “Lastly, I remember a politician being asked by a reporter how he wanted to be remembered at the end of his life. He answered, ‘I’d like to be remembered as someone who did the best he could with what he had.
     “So I’ll tell you this about myself: I wasn’t given much in life, but I did the best with what I had.”

Menomonie, WI