Monday Rants: Body Positivity

One thing I don’t understand is how the body positivity movement is so often criticized as promoting unhealthiness.

The whole point is you shouldn’t have to hate yourself or your body, and we should never send the message that it’s only okay to love yourself IF you make a reasonable effort to be healthy.

It’s especially hurtful when a person who claims to have your best interest in mind—but does not know you and has no interest in ever speaking to you again outside of that conversation—criticizes you as a person because they feel you’re not doing enough (based on how they perceive you at that time). It’s a drive-by comment and not as productive as we’re lead to believe. If you truly love and care for someone, you should invest in them. Don’t say things like “I’m selfish and want to keep you around longer” if you’re not even going to show up.
When we hear somebody say that they like themselves for who they are, and they accept their body for what it is, why do we assume they aren’t making an effort to better themselves? “There’s always room to improve” is a true statement, but should never be a knee-jerk response to self-love and acceptance.

This is an issue that’s important to me, and I hope I’ve made some sense to somebody.

Until next time,

~Niki

Monday rants: Carwash

Today’s Monday rant is about something I hate with a burning passion: soft-cloth car washes!

To be honest, I hate any sort of carwash. I have autism (diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome when that was still considered a separate entity, albeit under the autism umbrella) so that may be a factor, but being stuck in a closed space that’s getting blasted with water and slapped at with a giant heavy cloth is noisy and frankly, terrifying. The only thing that could make it worse is if there were a wasp or a hornet stuck in the car with me.

On top of all that, as soon as you take a hose to your car, it always rains. What is the point of that? You’ve just wasted soap, water, and effort.

That’s it for today, though I could carry on for hours!

~Niki

YouTube Videos?

It’s kind of hard to make plans when your cat is laying right next to you, purring her face off. I don’t really have a dedicated office space in this apartment though, oh well.

I was thinking today about making some more simulations in Maya (assuming my computer can still handle that, I guess we’ll be finding out!), especially since the Ellen show had that ball drop segment and, well, I love Plinko on The Price is Right when they have it. I also really love marble runs! What’s to stop me from trying?

There’s so much I didn’t really get to do during the semester I was taking that dynamics class, so while I tried to make a video every Thursday, there wasn’t time to keep that up. I could make a few now, perhaps schedule them across a short period and see how that goes.

Until next time,

~Niki

Monday rants: Twitter

To get myself in the habit of writing and sticking to a routine, I’m going to try something: every Monday I’m going to rant about something. To get started, today’s rant will be about Twitter.

I had a Twitter before, and got rid of it. Why? Because aside from auto-tweeting posts from my portfolio/blog, I don’t think I used it very much. A couple of times I got into small arguments (which was a dumb move in my part, and in hindsight a handful of those people weren’t wrong) and it felt like there was no point.

Fast-forward to now, and I’ve signed up for another one. Why? Because after using Instagram for a short period (a couple of months?) I’ve actually been engaging with people and making more positive connections. Then I started thinking: is this what I was supposed to be doing on Twitter the whole time?

Cue awkward moment of realization, it probably was.

So, once again, I’m going to conduct a social experiment and unleash myself upon the unsuspecting internet. Hopefully now that I’ve had time to reflect upon my past actions and overall lack of filter, this experience will be a better one.

Until next time

~Niki