for Recapturing Life

I'd like to tell you a story about why our stories and our perspectives matter.

We're going to begin with my story. My name is Whitney and I am a 26 year old obese African American female living in Jacksonville, FL.

When I was younger, I wanted to be an Action Sports Athlete. Specifically, a skateboarder or a downhill longboarder.

I also wanted to learn surfing, parkour, snowboarding and climb up the tallest mountains. I wanted to be a ninja and have all the cool dance moves, haha. I wanted to be strong, brave, caring and free.

The thing is I've been fat for most of my life and I was quickly told to be realistic.

"Focus on losing the weight first, maybe you'll be able to do that later. It's just not safe enough for you to try."

I do wonder, though, what would've happened if I tried anyways?

At some point, I packed away those dreams deep down somewhere in my heart. Replacing them with doubts and fears. Allowing myself to use my weight as a measure of my capabilities.