Saturday, January 30, 2010

A Whale and Proud Of It!

There is so much cool stuff that goes flying around the e-waves. Amazing photography, great wit and wisdom - stuff that is remarkable, touching, funny, inspiring. Something that otherwise would have remained relatively obscure, can achieve instant fame as it's viewed by millions.

My big issue & regret about that though, is that very rarely, if ever, is the person who is responsible for that creativity given credit.

You know from my other blog, that I have been a Quote Collector forever. I especially value the ones where the source has been documented. It's not only a matter of giving credit where credit is due, but to me it also gives it credence and validation. If I have to put 'unknown or anonymous', even though it's a good quote, it loses something for me.

It seems more so now, likely because of the speed and ease that everything gets out into the world, that we are destined to not know the source of so many wonderful thoughts & inspiring images and creativity. There are beautiful photographs that I wonder whose eye caught that moment. And entertaining or thoughtful writings that I wish I knew whose mind came up with it. When it used to take time for things like that to receive their audience, the author or artist could be identified. Now it just takes a 'cut & paste' and off it goes. I do hope that we can soon adjust to this new world & learn to ensure that we somehow do get the names that go with the remarkable creative efforts.

This big ponderance all because of a forward I got from my friend yesterday. I loved it and laughed out loud. I so wish I knew who this woman is - I'd send her an email saying "AMEN SISTER!"

Here it is, without proper credit, which I do regret - but I've got to share it ...

Recently, in a large city in France, 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, 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 Argentinean psychoanalysts due to 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 cluttered, educated and happy.

Beginning today, when I look at my butt in the mirror I will think, ¨Good grief, look how smart I am!¨

So there it is ... I'm not heavy ... I'm cluttered!!


Trish said...

spot on! I feel so much better (and smarter) now that my avoir du pois is justified. Thanks for the post.

EvScott said...

Spot on, indeed Trish:) Not that we ever needed justification to have chocolate with a friend. lol

LDahl said...

Ok, I NEVER use this but in this instance: LOL!! Because I did!
I see what you mean, it's too bad we don't know the originator of "A Whale and Proud of it!". Simply marvelous.

EvScott said...

I truly did too ... right out loud!

Pauline said...

Bring on the chocolate!!! I will never look at my butt the same way again!goota love that woman, whoever she is!