We are the electric life force that traverses the universe. We are the magic we silently yearn for but don't dare to embrace fully, always... because we've been taught by the ancient, ongoing ping-pong of society and media to desire what they tell us... because we've been conditioned to be afraid to speak up and stand out.
While there may be moments one needs to rally and push to the finish line, pushing and working extra hard should be the exception instead of the norm. What most of us don't know is that pushing isn't our only choice. There is a second option. When the pressure starts pouring on, instead of pushing, we can choose to pause.
Both my parents struggle with their weight. I was almost 100 pounds overweight as an adolescent. I have family members who are so obese that they can barely walk. Because of this, weight is a frequent topic on my mind. At one point in my life, my body-image issues were so rampant that I was willing to risk my own physical safety.