Monday, August 17

i wanna be a whale

No idea if this is true or not, doesn't matter... important message and amusing.

Recently, in a large French city, a poster featuring a young, thin and tan 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 Bering 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 psychoanalysts due to an 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? Just look at them.....where is IT? 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 piece of chocolate 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 grief, look how smart I am…¨


  1. Oh, but this is BRILLIANT!!

    I wanna be a whale too!!

  2. This is great! I'm glad I no longer fall into the "skinny is pretty" trap. Or the "big boobs are sexy" trap. Or the...well, you know, the list goes on. I was actually thinking about this very topic earlier and trying to write something about it.

  3. oh my how wonderful! thank you for posting this.

    love the new look of your blog.

  4. I love this, Mon! Thanks for sharing it! I think if we see this fun-house mirror that society holds before us for what it is - an illusion telling us we're "out of shape" unless we spend money on personal trainers, fad diets and the like, then we are better able to step away from that mirror and see ourselves clearly for who we are.

    I have begun a practice, a' la Louise Hay, of telling myself in the mirror each morning that I emanate from source, and therefore I am everything that source is. (I go into detail with what those qualities are, but those will differ from person to person depending on your beliefs about source.) Then I say, "I love you, Alexis," to that beautiful spirit in the mirror. It sounds hokey, but I can't tell you how much more radiantly beautiful I have felt since I've been doing this practice.


  5. i so needed this right now. loving kindness and all. this is the most brilliant thing i think i have read in a long time.

    now i shall always think how wise i am when i am stepping into the shower, with maybe just a tiny cringe at my backside.

    i cannot believe that in this day and age this topic is still something i may have to coax my children through.

  6. Alexis - that's wonderful, so glad that it's working for you.

    UBBS - I so wish it weren't an issue today, and in the future for my daughter. But appearance always has been part of our 'advanced' societies. Heck, even in tibal communities there are ideas about beauty. Just wish ours didn't include something so harmful.


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