A person I knew from donkey’s years ago _ “Hi, You should wear full sleeves, it will thin you down” 

A friend’s aunt in the elevator – ” hi beta, have you tried VLCC or Body focus, I bet it would work wonders for you” 

The mother before we leave for a wedding – “Is that the blouse you are wearing, don’t you have one that is longer and one that will cover the tattoo?” 

Woman in a grocery store standing few yards away -” Oh my god, look at her, how is she so fat, she should do something about it”

I kid you not, these are actual words of wisdom I have received/heard from people. And no, these were not just from recent times, these go back to the days when I was 8/9 yrs of age…  So yes I have been on the bigger side [ bigger than the kid you see running on the street] and so life has not been easy, until a few years ago when I learnt to channelise all that energy and focus it on loving myself, being happy with myself instead of cringing and crying at every remark… 

How I see me is different from how you see me & the latter is something I care two hoots about..

If you have met me, you will know am quite unconventional, living completely outside the box [actually don’t think I ever lived anywhere near it as well] and over the years have accepted that people will be people, it is upto me to decide “if I wanna react, let them ruin my life, or take charge and live life on my own terms”. 

A few days ago, a guy I connected with on Tinder also made a comment “by the looks of your photo, you must be on the heavier side.. My guess would be it is either PCOS or Thyroid.. get them checked out…  he went on to add – am not like other guys, who upon seeing a plus size girl comment on how big you are…. ” I actually retorted saying “yes, I was thinking of redoing Thyroid test, no PCOS thankfully… and well times have changed, these days I don’t hear snide/sarcastic/twisted comments from guys that much” .. He was silent and then closed off saying “That’s good”. 

Since I belong to the plus size community, I can only talk about my experiences in this space. Over the years, the fashion industry in our country has also evolved and now we get clothes our size… Sometime back I remember there was a discussion on twitter, and there were quite a few who said “Please don’t make it sound like it is alright to be big and fat, people need to get healthy. If you make clothes across sizes they will do nothing and remain a blob”…  [Yes such folks do exist] 

Yesterday, a friend had tweeted this 
 23 hours ago

Do you think we’re oblivious to our
issues? That we choose to be so?
Did you know that some days we refuse to look at the mirror because we’re scared?
Every single day, there are things that make us feel like crap.
Please don’t be
one of those things.

—– I felt sad reading this and replied saying I used to be in his shoes but have changed over time & love myself too much to bother about the shamers…. What do they get by mocking others? And all because someone is different… sigh!! 

It is not just people who are thin or big who get free advice, I have also seen new moms flooded with advice. Do this for your baby, feed him/her like that. Have seen people reprimand a mom cos her child was throwing a tantrum [at a bookstore, the mom literally carried the child and ran out the store]… Only a few days ago , a friend who is single parenting [husband away on work] was talking about how frustrated she was with family just tossing advice on what to feed, how to care for their under 1 yr old son. She was at her wits end and ready to just throw in the towel and disappear…. 

Why is it people are always ready to doll out advice? 
Don’t they think about the other person before opening their mouths? 
Or do they think they are superior and know something worldly that they feel needs to be shared? 
Even parents/grandmothers/grandfathers and elderly aunts/uncles/others in the family spew out advice , one after the other without a pause or even catching their breath…. But even that has a limit. 

Stop it, I say! Yes, I know you have lived life, seen things, and experienced whatever, but let me learn through my experiences & live my life my way! 

A friend of mine used to share her experiences as a married woman, most of which was negative and painful, but then at the end she would say “you will learn by making your own mistakes.. no matter how much I share, it will make no difference , each relationship/person is different”. Exactly~ 

This is something I wanna scream from the rooftop for the world to hear… 
let people live, 
let them make mistakes and learn from it or else live to regret it, 
let people unravel their mysteries one page at a time, 
let people breathe and wrap their head around situations 
RESPECT Personal Space and Boundaries…

DO NOT jump the gun and give them unsolicited advice..
DO NOT tell them how to do this or that
DO NOT keep correcting things as someone makes an attempt
DO NOT breathe down someone’s throat 
DO NOT act like you are the KING/QUEEN of the world..

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