Say hello to Ally! Fithealthybunny’s new mascot!
You must be wondering why I chose a one-eared bunny as a mascot so here’s her story and I think at the end of it, you would agree with me wholeheartedly that there is no one else more fit to be fithealthybunny’s mascot (hehheh)
Anyway! I’ve been searching for the longest time for someone or something to represent this space of mine. I wanted something that would not only reflect the simplicity and sincerity that I hoped to convey but also the body- positive messages that this place advocates. Not long after, I stumbled across a zakka collection of ‘star gazing animals’. Hahah. I’m not making their names up! That’s really what they are called!
I fell in love with all of them! But I mostly collected the cats and the hedgehogs. Then I came across Ally and I thought YAY! A bunny!
She seemed like quite an ordinary bunny actually. I mean she was cute and all and had two ears and I was very happy for her to join my growing collection!
Then one evening whilst I was cleaning the shelf, I accidentally brushed against her and caused her to fall off the shelf! She landed on her ear and it shattered.
I was horrified and quite upset!
In fact, I was so upset that I went back to the store the next day to buy a brand new ‘Ally’.
But when I got home and was about to throw the old Ally away, I was suddenly struck by how much more interesting Ally was now with only one ear. When I put her next to her brand new twin with two perfect ears, (now lovingly known as Alexis), I was quite enthralled by her! I felt like if she were to be a real rabbit, I would want to know why she had only one ear!
It was then that I realised that with only one ear, she really epitomizes what this space is really all about. I like to think that despite everything, and even more so because of everything that has happened, Ally is a little rabbit of joy and hope. Her sense of self worth and validation doesn’t come from having two perfect long ears even though that’s what society says a rabbit should have. Her life and personality is interesting because she doesn’t deny her negative experiences in life. Instead, she embraces her vulnerabilities and lives mindfully, knowing that it’s her experiences and her reactions to them that shapes her.
Ally eats mostly fruit and veg (haha) but she likes to have a little treat now and then too. She doesn’t judge her friends (I’ll introduce them next time!) about eating fish or eggs or meat because she knows that they feel best on such a diet that they were naturally made for. (Nobody, however, is made for a diet of fizzy drinks and chips so if you overdo it, she might gently admonish you!)
Ally loves life and she embraces all of its experiences whether she feels society says she should or not with only one ear. She never skips out on social events because she feels that she isn’t good enough to be there (but will gently decline if she feels she needs a little me- time!) and she understands that life is about personal connections and isolation the devil’s plan for destruction.
She also speaks wisely and mindfully because through her experiences, she knows that words can either cut or heal and that part of her responsibility as a citizen of society is to shape the future generation’s notion of beauty. She doesn’t engage in fat talk or skinny shaming.
Most importantly, Ally knows that she is worthy of being loved and in fact, is very loved by those around her. Whether with 2 ears, 1 ear or no ears, Ally doesn’t cheapen the love that people have taken the effort to lavish her with and every day she wakes up grateful for all the intangible beauty her life is filled with 🙂
So I hope that when you pop by my space and see Ally smiling at you, you would be reminded of the quiet, gentle strength and joy in which she lives her life with and know too that even if society says you ought to be a perfect sexy bunny but you feel like you don’t have what it takes, it wouldn’t matter as long as you are a fit* healthy bunny, appropriate for your chosen purpose in life and joyful with all the things that you do have 🙂
* p.s here at fithealthybunny, ‘fit’ doesn’t mean what it means when you google the word ‘fit’ which unfortunately just looks like this:
According to the dictionary:
- To be suited to a particular purpose or activity
- To be healthy and strong (usually as a result of physical activity)
So when we say fit here, I want you to get rid of the ‘google’ image type images of fit and realise that everything written here is meant more to help you moving a little more to be healthy and strong enough for whatever you deem your purpose is in life, rather than simply how you look. 🙂