By looking at me, you would never know I am a vegan or that I have lost 100 pounds. Granted, being a vegan has helped me lose 100 pounds, but those pounds did not fall off the night I became vegan. I worked those pounds off through sweat and sometimes tears. Yet, I am still looked down upon because my weight doesn’t align with all that a vegan is “supposed” to be.
Our media and culture have conditioned us to think and believe what is healthy and beautiful. Thin is healthy. Thin is beautiful. We have created these labels to place our fellow humans into categories. There are almost seven billion people living on this planet and we all have our own unique bodies. So many of us do not fit into certain categories. These categories have enabled us to see a person and quickly judge how they live their lives based on the way they look. But looks are deceiving and not everything is not always how it appears.
Each time we notice we are judging someone based upon what we think and believe, stop for moment and question why we think and believe those thoughts. Chances are we will find it is because we have been conditioned to think a certain way. How can we honor and embrace each other's diversity? Instead of judging, get to know that person and find out about their life and their story. I bet you will find you learn more about them than expected and you might even learn more about yourself!