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How To Be Shameless

A call for liberty.

14/06/2017 8:37 AM IST | Updated 14/06/2017 2:38 PM IST
Alberto Ruggieri

"There's no time to stand and stare..."

But somehow there is always ample time to judge a person by their size, colour and shape.

When was the last time you looked at somebody and wondered how good they must be at art? Do they like pajamas or onesies? Do they talk in their sleep like you do sometimes? Do they squirt ketchup all over their fries or do they like it on the side?

You are not alone if judging someone on their looks came naturally to you. We're all in the same boat. That's what we grew up watching and learning.

Fair? Good! Dark? *Gets fairness cream from Santa every year*

Tall? Good! Stout? *Gets signed for cycling and basketball*

Skinny? Sexy! Fat? *Ineligible for marriage*

Waiting for change is foolish. Being the change, though, is cool. I like that!

The world needs to change! But can it really?

Society needs to change! But will it really?

Waiting for change is foolish. Being the change, though, is cool. I like that!

I was in my 2nd grade in school when I came home crying one day because one of the boys in class called me names for being skinny.

Baba told me he called me names because I listened every time. He said, 'Try not turning the next time." Sounded like the worst advice back then but makes so much sense now.

I was the monitor of my class almost every year. Loved that sudden rush of authority I had in my reign, which lasted for like three minutes between when one teacher left and another walked in. Everybody wanted to be a monitor. Then school got over and we forgot the entire concept of one.

Let's bring that back.

Let's assign authority.

Let's take power back from some people in our lives. Let's write their names on the blackboard for everyone to know they left their bench when the teacher wasn't in class.

Nobody other than you should have the power to decide how you ought to look. I learnt that over a span of a couple months, which comprised binge-reading hate comments on my YouTube videos and crying myself to sleep. It's so easy to believe what everyone else has to say about you. But then there was that golden day when I flipped to the happier side and decided not to let anyone tell me better. And it was the most liberating feeling I had had in my glorious life of 22 years then.

Even the rights of your own body don't exactly match the lefts. It's just stupid to expect everybody to look a certain way because society decided so.

Body shaming is the most uncalled for problem each one of us faces today. Even the rights of your own body don't exactly match the lefts. It's just stupid to expect everybody to look a certain way because society decided so.

Body shaming can get to you when you let them shame your body. And when you don't, my friend, you become SHAMELESS.

Aye hayehayehaye

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