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.
there are facts and then there are emotions. This is as honest as I can be about my struggles and triumphs.