I don't wear them firstly because they are cumbersome and seem to jiggle too much. If there's any jiggling on my person I CAN control, I shall. I also somehow believe that if I can't see clearly, other people can't see me lumbering about town. Besides, when I shed my glasses, I can only see the Big Picture more clearly. The river, the scenery, the neighborhoods become an entity rather than a series of smaller details. Much like my quest for change, where I don't want to become overwhelmed with the details, I can only see each step ahead of me without my glasses. When I look further, I see cohesive beauty.
When following the Podrunner tracks, I use the century-old alleyways in town to spare the public the image of my rubenesque figure enduring short bursts of running. I run with traffic on Bank Ave, so people will see my posterior, allowing me to be quasi-anonymous. Besides, the hypnotic boom-baba of my caboose is probably humorously relaxing. Alas, all this jocular self-deprecating is for show. I really don't care. I'm in my late 30's and know who I am. Whether I'm a zaftig booty-bearer running about or a slenderer version of same, I like me.
The secret to this is remembering how deceptive appearances can be. Just because someone is slim, or stylish, or wealthy, or in a lofty position in society's eyes means nothing. I am none of the previous descriptions, but live a life of joyful contentedness. How do I do that? Not easily, but prayerfully, reflectively.
It is best described in the book of 1 Samuel 16:7: "But the LORD said to Samuel, 'Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.' " With Christ in my heart, that's what God sees despite my imperfection, His Son. What a relief!
That's why I am striving to grow and improve spiritually and intellectually in addition to improving my physical shape. And should I fail to improve in the latter two, if my heart and soul are healthy, I am in excellent shape! . No matter how I may look to the world as I lope around town, I am supremely happy and healthy. That's invaluable.