My Health Habits

Day 6

Health is a topic widely discussed nowadays. A lot of people want to be healthy. We are bombarded by advertisements of companies promoting a healthy lifestyle achievable by using only their products. We now have Digital Influencers that promote certain teas, drinks, snacks and co as the ultimate healthy foods. On the one hand, I agree to be healthy is very important, on the other hand though, is the obsession with your health healthy? There’s a very thin line.

Growing up I was always ‘the skinny one’. I was the one people mistook for a boy countless times. During my school days my hair was very short or close shaved, I had a flat chest, tall and lanky. I looked exactly like my dad and my brothers the only difference was that I was slightly lighter in complexion than them. When distant family members came to visit they thought I was one of my cousins. I’d greet them outside together with my other male cousins, they would go inside the house and they’d say to my grandma “ so where’s *Anna’s other daughter… Della?” yeah I was that much of a tomboy.  Oh, FYI I was cute as a ‘boy’.

It wasn’t an issue for me. I liked being thought of as a boy, like I mentioned in yesterday’s post being a girl in the ghetto wasn’t easy, I saw what my male cousins would get away with. I envied them. I envied most of the males living with my grandma at that time. The freedom they had, the chores they didn’t have to do…etc

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This apparent indifference toward what people thought about my physique totally changed in high school. I remember the exact day it happened. I was walking down the corridor on my way to homeroom. My crush and his friends were standing a few metres away in front of me, up to no good no doubt. I was having difficulty walking because duhh my crush was standing there!! The shyness was real. I slowed down a bit and tried to strut my stuff ! As I walked by one of the boys shouted “ko urikufambirei  ko nemaoko” Engl. “You have such skinny legs, it looks like you’re walking on your hands.”

I was devastated. I ran the rest of the way to homeroom, I was a little teary and a bit of my confidence was shattered.

From that day I tried and failed to gain weight. I tried unsuccessfully for a year and it never took. I ate tons of junk food, I ate sadza/pap, 3 times a day, I didn’t exercise but nothing worked. For 13 years and essentially for most of my life I was ridiculed for being skinny. I didn’t care much for it but after my crush’s friend teased me that one time, my whole attitude toward my weight changed.

Thank goodness it only lasted a year. After I finished my high school I went straight to college and in college no-one cared about weight or anything else really.  I can honestly say I was fortunate to always have people who cared about the more important things in life around me than how skinny I was.

What are my health habits? Eat well, keep your brain focused on positive things and keep your spirituality strong and unshakable. Yes, you could become ill, you could have a fall now and again in life but if you’re vigilant (not obsessed) about your overall health you’ll be a lot more present, happy and hopeful whatever size you are!

See you tomorrow for another post 😊

Trier

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