When I took to instagram with my adventureish account I wanted to be a strong voice that helped bring together a movement of inspiring unexpected athletes, and yeah sure I am doing that. But man oh man am I not the first one there.
This community is amazing and I am awed by those that have come before me. I only hope that I can be as strong as you ladies.
One of the first accounts I came accross was @unlikelyhikers, further looking into it I found Jenny Bruso's website and discovered a beautiful supportive voice that was not just fat activist but people activist. I had not at all realized that fat people were not the only people who were considered unlikely hikers. The people she has given voice to are so inspiring.
And she herself is raw, vulnerable and ok with you knowing her strengths and weaknesses.
I look forward to seeing more and more of what she has to offer.
In her own words
Woman, queer, fat, thirty-four, writer, Unlikely Hiker. I Take the Long Way is a body-positive nature blog that gets personal, based in Portland, Oregon. I always considered myself an indoor kid, a city kid. For a long time, I was a DJ and party girl. In 2012, I started hiking and it quickly became my therapy, my church, my medicine. (For the drama and dirty details, read Story of a Body.) Nature feels like the only place I can turn down the noise in my head and disengage with the harmful dominant culture. In nature, I can take up as much space as I want and also revel in the minuteness of my existence. This is such a gift.
The idea of exercise is so fraught with negativity. We are told we can exercise to “fix” ourselves and achieve unrealistic body goals. We aren’t told it just feels good. It makes our bodies work better, our minds clearer, our sleep better. It’s meditative. It can even be a spiritual practice.
Through sharing my personal writing practice, I hope to show anyone, especially other Unlikely Hikers, how to heal their lives mentally, spiritually and physically with nature. I curse, I talk about sex, I make jokes. Most nature blogs seem to keep it light, polite, apolitical, family friendly. There’s nothing wrong with that, generally, but there’s so much of it and so little else.
Lindy is a high profile feminist and fat acceptance advocate. Funny, and talented she has a relatable voice that is welcoming and friendly. She is honest, vulnerable and at her best she is patient with haters asking them for explanation rather than meeting them with anger.
I recommend her book Shrill, and I also recommend getting the audio book format as it is well worth hearing these stories in her own voice.
Check out this article she wrote when she got married. Something I read before I got married, she gave me the courage to do something bold and unapologetic.
I find watching Emilys videos feel like I am watching someone I know. She is so honest, brave and accomplished but humble. A dedicated and hard working athlete she is one cool ass chick.
Check out her site and videos produced by north face, I dont think you will be able to deny this likeable women makes being elite seem relatable to the lamen.
~I dont think I could enjoy my life as much if i didnt have those gritty difficult experiences. I dont think I could enjoy these successes and all the beauty in this world. I think once you surpasses this percieved limit that you thought you had its very liberating. It just opens up your mind and wow, I wonder what my true potential really is.
There is fear and risk in day to day normal life, and we all have to learn how to manage it in our own way.
there are facts and then there are emotions. This is as honest as I can be about my struggles and triumphs.