Three Common Fears that Keep Plus-Size Women from Traveling
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When you’re overweight, travel overseas can seem like a distant dream. It’s something you plan on doing for a long time. You talk about it with friends and family and pour hours and hours into finding the ideal location. But I, like so many people who have struggled with their weight most of their lives, have always thought about travel as just another entry in the long list of activities I plan on doing once I lose enough weight.
This type of thinking, which has stemmed from years of fear and anxiety, is exactly what prevented me from turning that dream into a reality. The following three fears were the ones holding me back the most, and only after realizing what they were was I able to work on changing the way I think and actually do the things I’ve always wanted to do.
1. The Fear of Rejection
The fear of rejection and social marginalization is all too real.
A study performed by Arizona State University researchers analyzed social media platforms to determine the way people choose friends. They found that even though overweight people would often choose those who are not overweight to be their friends, they are less likely to be selected in return simply because they’re overweight. And this is something we’ve all experienced far more than most would like to admit.
But the truth is, no one is going to accept you unless you accept yourself. Only when you become truly honest with yourself and accept who you really are can you start to improve and live your life to the fullest. Changing your entire mindset is not something that can be accomplished overnight, but there are small changes you can make in order to feel good about yourself. Viewing plus-size magazines and fashion blogs are an excellent place to start, alongside body-positive books and social media pages. Learning to accept yourself should always start with identifying your limitations and creating realistic and achievable goals around them.
2. The Lack of Finances
Unlike other fears, thinking that you cannot afford to travel is perhaps the most palpable one. Traveling can be expensive, so if you’d rather not max out your credit cards, explore other options such as taking out a personal loan. In fact, personal loans are an ideal solution for those who lack the necessary funds for travel because, unlike traditional bank loans, they don’t require a ton of paperwork to apply or a long waiting period. All you have to do is fill out a form online and, as long as your credit score is not an absolute travesty, you will receive your loan in a matter of hours.
3. The Fear of Wasting Time
How many times have you thought that you’re wasting your time trying to accomplish something that is clearly outside your comfort zone?
How many times have you been anxious because you have to go the extra mile to do the same things people with “normal” weight do?
For me, it’s too many times to remember, and this is something I’ve struggled with for the longest time.
That is, until a realized two words: self-respect and self-worth.
I, like so many beautiful women around the world, know exactly who I am: a person who has struggled with and accomplished so many things in my life, and I will be damned if I let all the normal, everyday things and situations in life become a waste of time.
Instead of fearing the worst, it’s time to realize that the only thing holding you back from fulfilling your dreams of travel is fear itself. Once you begin to accept and love yourself for who you are, the people around you start doing the same. Being overweight is not a restraint and it should by no means prevent you from exploring the world and living your life the way you always wanted to!
Lauren Wiseman is marketing specialist, business writer, and entrepreneur currently based in Melbourne. She helps clients grow their personal and professional brands in fast-changing and demanding market environment. Covering finance and investment topics, Lauren strongly believes in a holistic approach to business.