Author, Yoga Teacher and Body Positive Advocate
You tackle the big topics that a lot of people don’t want to talk about: race, capitalism, sex, sexuality, cannabis. Why do you think some people don’t want to lean into talking about these subjects?
I understand why people don’t talk about some of the topics that I talk about. I certainly understand why people don’t talk about cannabis. There are very real, legal repercussions to doing so, like if you live someplace where it’s illegal. I live in North Carolina where it is illegal to consume and to possess THC.
I understand why people don’t talk about sexism, why they don’t talk about racism. It’s very scary. I think the main reason that people don’t is because it’s lonely to be saying something that other people don’t want to hear. It means that there are people who will ostracize you. Sometimes I think that it’s really one of the gifts of my life being. I’ve always been fat, I’ve always been weird. When I was a kid, I didn’t have that many friends and I think that these experiences were really helpful for me. It allowed me to get comfortable with walking my own path and doing my own thing. And understanding that if you are living your truth, the people that are meant to be around you will be around you. And if you’re not living your truth, there will be people around you that you don’t want to have around you. That’s really one of the markers for me. I don’t want to be around anyone that I need to be fake around. I don’t want to have to pretend to be somebody else. That makes it easier from my perspective. I also get that other people think, “Yeah, I’m good on that. I would rather not have people look at me sideways or think that I am from another planet.”
That’s the interesting thing about speaking your truth. Even if other people don’t want to hear it, it makes space for other people to do the same thing. So that we all have an opportunity to be honest and feel authentic and feel real because we are offering each other the gift of vulnerability.