It’s Joan here. Hard to believe it’s September already, isn’t it? It’s been a great summer, and I hope you all got a lot of riding in. A great story was sent to me recently. I absolutely love it, and want to share it with you.
Recently, in a large French city, a poster featuring a young, thin and tanned woman appeared in the window of a gym.
It said: “THIS SUMMER DO YOU WANT TO BE A MERMAID OR A WHALE?”
A middle aged woman, whose physical characteristics did not match those of the woman on the poster, responded publicly to the question posed by the gym.
To Whom It May Concern:
Whales are always surrounded by friends (dolphins, sea lions, curious humans). They have an active sex life, they get pregnant and have adorable baby whales. They have a wonderful time with dolphins, stuffing themselves with shrimp. They play and swim in the seas, seeing wonderful places like Patagonia, the Barren Sea and the coral reefs of Polynesia. Whales are wonderful singers and have even recorded CDs. They are incredible creatures and virtually have no predators other than humans. They are loved, protected and admired by almost everyone in the world..
Mermaids don’t exist. If they did exist, they would be lining up outside the offices of Argentinean psychoanalysts due to identity crisis. Fish or human? They don’t have a sex life because they kill men who get close to them, not to mention how could they have sex? Therefore they don’t have kids either. Not to mention who wants to get close to a girl who smells like a fish store?
The choice is perfectly clear to me; I want to be a whale.
P.S. We are in an age when media puts into our heads the idea that only skinny people are beautiful, but I prefer to enjoy an ice cream with my kids, a good dinner with a man who makes me shiver and a coffee with my friends. With time we gain weight because we accumulate so much information and wisdom in our heads that when there is no more room it distributes out to the rest of our bodies. So we aren’t heavy, we are enormously cultured, educated and happy. Beginning today, when I look at my butt in the mirror I will think, “Good gosh, look how smart I am!”
Have a great ride TODAY!
OK! That is so true! I'd much rather remain a whale! But I also have 2 little girls who just learned to ride their bikes and I want to ride with them. I need a bike that can handle the job and I'm very glad to have found your site!
Thanks and keep up the great work & attitude!
Superb post, and so true. That kind of advertising is so manipulative.
To all of those who might be inspired in a positive way, I'm 58, about 210lbs, and recently finished 85 miles of a 100 mile goal in a day. I probably could have done the whole century, but I'm not into pain unless I'm getting paid to endure it.
Very good site as well.
Chad Will says
Whales commonly beach themselves causing a strain on the services of the people that then have to fix the problem. In similar cases, overweight people cause a strain on the health systems, especially countries that have a good public health system (as all countries should anyway because its a right for equal health service not a privilege). An obese “whale” person commonly has diabieties, amongst many other ailments. Not only that, an overweight person does not live as long on average to see their children properly grow up.