Lynne Hurdle-Price is amazing.
She is a wife, mother, actress, writer, runs her own company (creating honest dialogue on diversity), she has a workshop series helping teens to face fear and achieve their best, she has her own entertainment production company and was a finalist for Nick at Nite’s Funniest Mom in America Contest..
Oh, and she is also fat.
Her bio is impressive enough; but after watching the video of her presentation at TEDxWomen, I was totally blown away.
She talks about her experience as a fat child; how her family loved her almost unconditionally, telling her that she could do anything and was as good as or better than anyone – except when it came to her size. She talks about a beloved dance teacher shaming her about being fat in front of a group of students. And she talks about how those experiences created long lasting wounds.
Many of us have been down the same path that Lynne Hurdle-Price started out on; but few of us have ended up where she has – learning to love and accept herself.
Lynne Hurdle-Price believes that the only way to fight hatred is love, loving ourselves and loving others, and she talks about what a difference putting down the weapons of hatred can change so much.
I wish I could be as loving a person as Lynne Hurdle-Price. I have to confess, I am not there. I still have a lot of anger over how fat people (including myself) are treated. I still seethe over the misconceptions and outright lies about fat people that permeate society.
I love people. I really do, and I try to appreciate each person for their own uniqueness. What I don’t love is how people treat other people.
I admire Lynne Hurdle-Price and I think she is a better person than I will ever be.
That doesn’t mean that I don’t think I am pretty wonderful, it’s just that I believe she has certain qualities that I don’t have or that I’m unwilling to develop – at least at this point in my life. I am just happy that there are people like her in this world.
Love is not only something you feel, it is something you do. – David Wilkerson