This week’s topic, it turns out, really is the perfect subject for this week. We have a new president, a new spirit in our country, and we’re reassessing ourselves and how people see us in the world.
I, for one, am chomping at the bit. Am I the only one who’s sick of Paris Hilton and celebrity culture? Tired of TV shows that proselytize overpriced stilettos and couture handbags? Completely done with diets that don’t include carbs, chocolate, or anything that’s satisfying? Really done with the public brouhahas of sixteen year-old starlets?
I wrote a book about a woman who’s out of societal bounds in all possible senses. She’s not pretty. She’s huge. She’s shy, poor, and, worst of all, unloved.
At least, that’s what everyone around her tries to make her believe. To that effect, I think it’s appropriate that the cover of my book has an image of a dressmaker’s form. In a lot of ways, Truly is just a body that people paste their prejudices to, their preconceived ideas of femininity, their fears.
But then something magical happens, and I don’t mean magic in the Harry Potter sense. Truly simply decides to define herself. That’s all. She figures out who she is inside and decides to make her exterior match that vision.
I think we’re all ready for that kind of change. For years we’ve been paying so much attention to our facade, I think we’ve forgotten who and what we are. Like Truly, I hope we find out that we’re huge, extraordinary, even, and not like anyone else. And like Truly, I also hope we find out that life is a feast, difference is the spice of life, and love really does come in all shapes and sizes. So, read some good books in 2009, do some good things for other people, and be proud!