Contrary to popular belief, we could all learn a thing from Rick Ross.
There’s a lot of talk about who is too fat or too skinny these days. And personally, I don’t think we’re doing enough as a society to reward to the high profile pioneers who have middle fingers up and just don’t give a fuuuuuuuu**k.
Instead of shaming people for trying to squeeze into something that doesn’t fit, or critiquing men and women alike for their figures, we should be embracing the few people on this earth who promote and exude a confidence that we should all aspire to obtain.
In short, the body shame tunnel has a light at the end of it, and that light is hip hop swag master, Rick Ross.
Rick Ross is on a ruthless quest involving not giving a shit what anybody thinks. It’s clearly evident because he’s just strutting his stuff all over music videos, and he’s doing it shirtless. Just completely avoiding social norms but choosing to express himself through music sans shirt.
Whether or not Mr. Ross is choosing to spit jams without a shirt is just a larger (pun intended) ploy to get all of us humans to forget that he is, in fact, not really a good rapper at all, is still up for debate. But the sentiment is there, and it’s reverberating throughout lunch buffets and potluck dinners around the world.
Aside from the fact that his talent in the hip hop community is measured at less than mediocre, he does express, whether he knows it or not, a very worthy cause: positive body image.
He loves himself, all of himself. He is happy in his skin. He’s confident. He’s accepted this is the suit he will live in for the rest of his life, and for better or worse, he’s going to live life to the fullest. And frankly, he’s doing something right. This guy is fat, happy, and a goddamn millionaire. Meanwhile, I’m over here slaving away at a 9-5 job while I count how many cucumbers are in my salad in order to fit into a bathing suit.
If all of us gave the same little amount of fucks Rick Ross gives about how he looks without a shirt on, the world would be a better place.
If all of us just accepted our bodies, our flaws, and shortcomings, people would be less inclined to point out the negatives in others and appreciate the positives in their own skin.
Instead of thinking about how many calories you need to cut, or how many imaginary allergies you need to develop, or how many times you have to get a salad when you’re out to dinner instead of just getting the cheeseburger like your heart wants, we should be thinking about Rick Ross, shirtless, in a giant house surrounded by fat stacks of money and the occasional siberian tiger.
We salute you, Rick Ross. We salute your commitment to maintaining a positive body image in a time where the media, faceless strangers behind a computer screen, and even real humans who have the audacity to criticize someone else’s body say things that make other people cower in fear.
Keep your shirt off, your head high, and send me a check for like a hundred grand for the promotional work I did on my own volition by writing this blog.
We should all strive to be a little nicer to one another. We should all encourage each other and validate the good rather than overemphasize the bad. Because positivity, self-love, and acceptance are three things that many people never attain in their lifetime. And that, my friends, is tragic.
We all, as human beings, need to start recognizing that people are just that: people; with emotions, ideas, and energy. We are not JUST our bodies, nor should we be allowed to think that we are defined by them.
I promise you will much rather be remembered as the person who helped people out of a funk, guided them through a depression, and built them up when they felt down than the person who criticized someone who was already weak, kicked someone when they were already down, and scarred someone beyond repair.
Love yourself, love one another, and the world may just turn its frown upside down.