The unnamed author of my favorite essay on what it means to be human, “Rules for Being Human”, pulled no punches when composing rule #1, which says:
You will receive a body. You may like it or hate it, but it will be yours for the entire period this time around.
Just speaking for myself, I spent about two decades thoroughly hating mine before these “rules” crossed my path.
At which time rule #1 immediately caught my eye, so much so that I didn’t even pay much attention to the other nine rules for the first several years this treatise was in my possession.
It wasn’t until I began writing the book about mentoring and eating disorders recovery which was to become Beating Ana that I really started to dive more deeply into rules two through nine.
This was because rule #1 had me simply transfixed by the idea that I wasn’t the only person on the planet who railed against a fate which had delivered me a body I wasn’t entirely happy with, and that I was going to have to find a way to make peace with it, because I wasn’t allowed to exchange it out for a different one.