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  • Six weeks into the New Year and I have kept to my running program. I went from running barely 3 minutes at a time to now running 20 minutes at a time. I am feeling like a powerful person; able to accomplish amazing things.

    When I wear these green sweat pants I feel particularly powerful. I call them my “F.U. Pants”.

    When I wear my green sweat pants I always get comments. Always. These comments are said with dripping sarcasm and a nastiness in people’s voices that surprise me.

    A few examples which have come from perfect strangers: “Well aren’t you bright today?” “Nice pants.” “Good Lord you’re green.” “We should call you the Green Lantern.” “Dang. Those are some pants.” “My eyes! My eyes!” “You need to turn your legs off, they’re killing me.”

    Then finally one morning at 5:30 AM on the track a runner told me, “Wow. You need to get yourself a new pair of sweats!"


    “Well… they’re bright green and a little embarrassing!”

    I think, no kidding? I have only seen you once in my life and you are telling me that my clothing is embarrassing. I am not embarrassed. At least I am here running this morning.

    “Yep,” I say, “I happen to like green.”

    But secretly in the back of my mind I am thinking how could this person be so insulting over a pair of sweat pants for pete’s sake? Why is modern society so stuck on having women dressed up like Barbie dolls for others to enjoy instead of focusing on who they are or what their actions are? People are starving in the world and this woman is telling me my sweat pants suck. I don’t say it aloud, but at the time I think of a little private response in my head, “Well… F.U.”

    This escalates every time someone says something nasty about my green pants. It is a boulder rolling down a hill and with every rotation it becomes more powerful. I am strong. I do not care what anyone else thinks. I like green. I like my pants. And I like to run. Next time someone makes a comment that is insulting about my pants I smile and nod, but secretly shout inside my noggin’, “Well… F.U.!!!!”

    Do not let the mean people get you down. Wear YOUR green pants with pride and march on. Be yourself – the unique plaid sheep in the meadow of plain old white sheep. Believe in you.
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