As I gaze around my Wellness Coaching class. I see a room full of white, privileged students. I’ve been in this situation before when I earned my bachelor’s degree from Seattle University. Back then, however, I didn’t really fit in, I was a miserable 388 lbs. I was withdrawn and afraid to speak up in class. The students were running circles around me, intellectually and physically.
No longer. The only thing separating me now from the others in class, is the color of my brown skin. Otherwise, I’m right there with them. I pack healthful snacks: mini peppers, apples, carrots. I tote a SIGG water bottle. I sport athletic attire too. I’m alert. I ask questions. I’m engaged in thought and in conversation. I’m healthy, fit and the more I think about it, I realize how privileged I am.