An Inspiring Young Man

Many of you, I am sure, will have seen this young man and his recent video about his own body image.  He is a 22 year old man from Brooklyn USA who lost 270lbs in weight and has been left with a large amount of excess skin.  I found his video very inspiring for one so young and felt that I would like to share this here with you.

Matt Diaz’s video [click here] linked directly from his tumblr account “About to Explode

So many of us male and female have issues about how we look and how we fit into what is perceived to be normal.   What is normal for one is not for another and this striving for perceived perfection irritates me beyond belief!

I have one big ass and there is no getting away from that!  Whether I am slimmer or, as I am now, carrying too much weight, my bum is way bigger in porportion to the rest of me.  For many many years I wanted what was not possible that nice slim bum that other “more desirable” girls had.

Now though as I am about enter into my 50’s (that birthday is now only days away) I have a shift in my thought processes, in fact this shift has been happening over the last couple of years, what we cannot change we have to embrace, be it the size of a bum, saggy bits, wobbly tums, drooping boobs, the menopause (in the case of men the manopause, yes apparently it is supposed to exist, something else I may well look further into), being tall or short, fat or thin we can, all of us, men and women, find something about ourselves that we don’t like, we may not like it but unless we can come to some sort of acceptance and peace then we will end up worrying about it or trying to change it forever.

As I gain in age and experience I find that I do not want to waste my energy worrying about these things, I will accept what I cannot change and live life to the full.  We only have one chance at this life and I for one want to enjoy every bit of it including all the wobbly, droopy, wrinkly bits!

Thank you Matt Diaz for inspiring me to write this piece and sharing your love and passion for body positivity.


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  1. Modesty Ablaze

    Yes we all worry over something about ourselves don’t we. And accepting ourselves for who we are . . and accepting others for who they are . . . is all about sharing and spreading the love.
    Wonderful words . . . and I am completely with you in accepting all my wobbly, drooping and wrinkly bits!!!
    Xxx – K
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  2. Marie Rebelle

    I have seen this video for the first time only two days ago and was very touched by it. You are right, so many of us spend too much time in our lives being unhappy with what we look like and totally forget to enjoy life to its fullest. I am also approaching 50 (two years behind you) and where I would love to lose some weight, it’s not consuming my every thought anymore. I have more or less come to accept myself the way I am, including my big behind, because yes, I have one too!

    Great post!

    Rebel xox
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  3. Clive

    Thanks for sharing this link – a very touching video. You are so right about embracing what we can’t change and, with age, comes the wisdom to appreciate such truths and understand them. (even if willy is small :)). Happy Birthday for days away (50 is just so young these days, honest!) xxx
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