I was in the gym today doing some step ups when a man I have never met before started a conversation with me. The conversation started by him asking me if I liked the team that was written on my sweatshirt. We talked about the team for about 2 minutes and then he began to tell me how he used to be alot bigger than he was now. He told me he had lost 200 lbs and wanted to lose another 40 lbs. He had lost all the weight just by working out and eating healthy. He used to wear a size 60 pants and was in the 40's now. We had a great conversation about weight loss and healthy living.
Now if he had not started a conversation with me I would have never even thought he would have such an amazing story. Unfortunately in the past I have judged people based on their covers. Sounds kind of ironic right? An overweight guy who has judged people based on the outside picture that is portrayed. For example when I used to see people on who were addicted to drugs and alcohol I would always think to myself "wow those people are so weak, they cant even control themselves". But I was the guy who couldn't control his eating! I would convince myself that I had deeper issues that they couldn't see without even thinking that maybe they had the same issues. I hated that I looked at people like that. Whats even worse is that I used to judge overweight people also. I am not proud of it. I would see large people and think they just didn't care about themselves, or they were to lazy to workout. I would look in the mirror and say I wasn't like them, in my head I put them down to make myself feel better about how I looked. It was a cowardly act but I am just being honest.
I no longer look at people like I used to. I don't want to be judged by my cover and I don't want to judge others by theirs. Everyone has a story, you might not ever get to hear it but it exists.