Last night after putting the kids to bed, cleaning the kitchen and folding a few loads of laundry, I decided to watch “Barbara Walters’ 10 Most Fascinating People of 2014”.
About half-way through the program, Barbara Walters interviewed Oprah, who is definitely one of my biggest heroes. Of course the interview was enlightening, interesting and inspirational. Oprah discussed how she’s been doing even more important work since her daily television show ended, and that she’s seeking to help empower others to find their true inner voice and strength. She also mentioned that she is very happy, truly enjoying her full life, and has no regrets whatsoever.
Then Barbara asked, and I’m paraphrasing, “What is the one thing that you feel you must accomplish before you to die to make your life seem worthwhile?” I’m thinking Oprah’s going to say something like, end world poverty, run for president, adopt a child, etc. But do you know what she said? Oprah said that she won’t be satisfied with her life until she makes peace with her weight. WHAT?!!! That truly rocked me!
This is OPRAH, people … O-freaking-PRAH! She’s got power, prestige, wealth, influence, respect and success beyond measure, as well as a league of followers all over the world. She can go anywhere and do anything. But the fact that she said she is still battling her weight after all these years with all that she has at her disposal really shook me to the core.
I, of course, have been battling my weight my whole entire life. And, yes, it’s had its hold on me and I don’t know why I can’t shake it. Every year I claim it will be “the” year that I finally get it together and slay this weight dragon once and for all. And 2015 will be no different, as I recommit myself to eating healthy and working out regularly.
But the fact that Oprah made that statement last night just confirmed it: The weight loss struggle is real. I mean, it’s FOR REAL, for each and every one of us. I take a small bit of comfort in knowing that I’m not alone and that Oprah and I (as well as millions of others) have that in common.