If you have seen the lady posing with her kids showing off her toned body, then you are aware of the attention she has been getting. Maria Kang took the photos with her kids to PROMOTE HER COMPANY (proper context, people). Many found her to be visually inspirational. Others, however, took offense to the photo. At the end of the day, many had something to say.
Then, here comes the comparison photo by someone else to show that there is “no shame in their game”.
Quite a few of my colleagues had a conversation about the said comparison picture. Most of us were on the same page: we didn’t understand the hatred for Maria trying to make people “do better”. From our collective perspectives, we understood that anyone that felt a certain way was probably mad at themselves. We understood that plenty of people would struggle to even get to that point. Regardless, we didn’t care for the collective disdain for Maria’s gain.
Then, one of the people participating in the conversation noted something that make everything crystal clear: “People in this country will downplay someone else’s accomplishments to feel good about being mediocre”.
If there was ever a time in which I would have to agree with someone fully, that time arrived when he stated the former.
Here is one of the bigger issues I have with the situation: people missed the forest for the trees. If you understand anything about exercising, it is that you have to “go hard or go home”. Whether you get to be Maria Kang’s size is irrelevant. What truly matters is that you put in full effort and find ways to do it. We have to comprehend that getting in shape takes full dedication minus the excuses that builds bridges leading to nowhere.
Another problem about this comparison photo is that it was a slight waste of time. Maria wasn’t referring to those that like their bodies at whatever size they are. She is referring to those that want to “lose weight” but haven’t managed to put the newly refurbished and revitalized Hostess Twinkies back on the Walmart shelves. This is another problem that occurs within the realm of mediocrity: people haven’t managed the art of knowing when it is, or isn’t, their conversation to participate in. In short, some miss the forest for the trees because no one asked them to come to the park in the first place.
I still have an issue with people feeling satisfied with mediocrity. If someone can do better, then why not see such? It is understandable to “find a certain satisfaction with oneself”. However, this isn’t a claim to become the latest vanity slave. This is something that has to do with improving self. Sometimes, we should want better. And if we truly want better, what is wrong with losing the self-imposed obstacles and doing better?
Drawing all of this to a close, we need to realize that mediocrity is our enemy. If it wasn’t our enemy, then we wouldn’t be on Maria Kang’s case for making a statement that goes hand-in-hand with her business’s bottom line. Also, we wouldn’t take one person’s grand achievement as a way to implement or feel personal shame. In contrast, we would actually celebrate what she has done and, on some level, try to mimic her actions to see if we could do the same. Realistically, we wouldn’t have missed the forest for the trees because we would be burning calories running on a path around them.
‘Nuff Said and ‘Nuff Respect!!!