When I posted a Richard Simmons quote as a “Super Quote” in my right margin, I suspected possible ridicule. After all, Richard Simmons’ flamboyance counters what most of us deem cool.
Simmons approaches health, nutrition, and weight loss with no bullshit. He does the same for life. He shamelessly spreads cheer regardless of the sneers and jibes of others. He is always himself and that takes guts.
Obesity plagued me since grade school. People constantly teased and bullied me. I believed being anyone but myself could achieve that.
I tried to deflect the jibes of others by developing a “cool” persona. It resulted in one identity crisis after another. Sometimes the persona won people over. I can even say I enjoyed myself at times. Despite that, I never really believed in myself. I turned my life into a charade and denying it all resulted in the destruction of my career, health, and financial security.
All of my problems stem from not believing in myself and not being myself. I just want to live better and I can only do that by being true to myself. So I’m through being cool. I made a big mess and cleaning it requires defeating my insecurities and facing my fears. A long road stretches before me and I know mistakes await me. I just gotta remember Richard Simmons and his gusto for life. If he can do it, I know I can.