Thursday, March 27, 2014

To the Lame

Why is it that we live in a world where EVERYTHING we do is scrutinized, criticized and mocked? Not just by the media, but by our peers as well.

Why is it that things have to be deemed "weird", "unusual" or "strange"?

Or in the case of SELF Magazine, "lame"?

If you are even remotely involved in social media, I am sure you already have read about Monika Allen, the runner (who yes has cancer, but that shouldn't even matter) who was mocked by SELF Magazine for racing in a tutu. She was misled by the magazine and gave them her photo, one of her running her 26.2 mile victory lap in, gasp, a tutu. The horror.

Why does it matter what she is running in? Or for that matter that she is even running at all?

One thing that I want to leave this world knowing is that I had the courage to be weird, to be strange, to be unusual. It would be nice to know that it was without fear of ridicule or mockery.


I will continue to run in a tutu, to listen to music that people think is weird at decibels that I shouldn't be, to watch shows and movies that little kids watch, to dance around the house when no one is home, to talk to my pets like they are humans, and most importantly I will continue to do what I want to do. Because that's what makes me, me.

No one has the right to make anyone feel bad about who they are and what they do or don't do. And shame on you, if you do.

So in the end, the only thing that is "lame" about this entire situation is that it happened in the first place.

11 comments:

  1. I just now read the article and I would be beyond upset if a picture got used like that. Who cares what you run in your out there making an effort to be healthy. I ran my first half with my best friend we both had sparkle skirts on and we got tons of complients along with cheers from spectators and anyone who has done any race knows those cheers go a long way when you are struggling. I love that the runner chose wonder woman as she is wonder woman for doing a full marathon in the middle of cacner treatment!!
    I have wore tutus on two other races and I will do it over and over along with my sparkle skirt. Its sad that a magazine would do such a thing.

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  2. Yikes--just read the article and watched the video clip. Being yourself and being quirky is what makes life worth living. Can you image how boring it would be otherwise?

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  3. Seriously, are head bands next? Compression socks? I can wear what I want! I feel like Pink should write a song about this ;-) Oh yea, she did! So what / I'm still a rock star / I got my rock moves....

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  4. Love this post and you too! Always embrace the weird! ;) <3

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  5. The weirder the better! Those folks over at self magazine are the lame ones! Where is their sense of fun?

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  6. I say that we should celebrate and cheer woman on as they make smart healthy decisions to do something for themselves, something great for their health. I don't understand why women would ever tease each other about what they run in and I sure as HE$& don't understand why a magazine that is supposed to empower women and fitness would ever mock or tease a female runner.
    Embrace, love, cheer... that is what we should all do for each other!

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  7. I am NOT a fan of costumed running. I think it takes away from MY OWN performance (I find it to be a distraction). I, however, do not judge others who do it. Whatever it takes to get you off the couch, I am a supporter of.

    The focus should be the fact this woman, and others, should be applauded for living healthy. That's it. The fact that this woman has cancer has NOTHING to do with it. Anyone who makes the choice to get up at 6am on a Saturday or Sunday and run a race shouldn't be lauded for what they wore to the race, but should be celebrated for the fact they were there in the first place.

    This is why I have stayed away from mainstream magazines, such as Self, Health, Women's Fitness, etc. They don't really care about health. They care about being the popular publication sharing tips on How To Be a Better Girlfriend, or Sexy Tips, or Spring Makeup Rules. WTF! Can health magazines focus on what's important, or is that asking way too much?

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  8. Well said. Seriously if we can't be ourselves and we have to be perfect all the time, what's the point? I like to have fun and if that is weird or lame then I guess I am weird and lame;)

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  9. Spot on. I'm totally lame and proud of it! ;)

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