Sometimes...oh I would guesstimate at least twice a day...I see people's bodies I envy...and for a moment I think "I wish I could have a body like her". But then I start to think about the lives that come along with these skinny people (in this instance, I am thinking of skinny/thin people I actually KNOW).
To make this easier to understand, let's name tall thin girl Ju-Ju...for no other reason than it's kinda fun to say Ju-Ju.
When Ju-Ju gets sad, she doesn't have an appetite (what...I've never been this sad)...and she ends up losing weight and being thin. Not sickly skinny, but I would reckon around 150ish. Looks healthy on her. And the other day I was looking at her and found myself thinking "man, I wish I had her body".
But then I realized...I don't wish I had her life. She is unhappy, angry, lonely, and doesn't know who she really is.
And it hit me. I wouldn't trade my body for a better body if it meant sacrificing the life I have. And I know a lot of girls with nice bodies who are NOT really as happy or as carefree as they would like people to think.
Clearly, this is no breaking news story...that having a rocking body doesnt always bring you happiness. But I remember one night, probably 10 years ago...I was sitting in my living room back in Kansas...and I was thinking about how I wished I could be anorexic or bulimic. And with this thought process came the idea how that long term eating disorders like those can result in death. And my thought at that time was "I would rather die skinny than live fat".
Can you believe that? It was a fleeting thought, and I didn't put any effort into starving myself or puking...but in that frame of mind...that's where I was at.
So I guess the question really isn't about what would you trade...but it really should be a statement about being thankful for what you DO have right now (if you feel like your body aint rockin). Because yes...maybe being skinny makes it easier to buy clothes, to wear a bikini, to have sex without worrying about saggy bits and bulbous bits...but being skinny doesn't make loving any easier. It doesn't always translate into more money, more friends, more dates, more happiness.
With that said...I need a Gingerbread Cookie Shake from Burger King.