I just wrote and sent this letter to one of the people I love and admire most on this planet. I knew I had to write it as an important next step on my journey. I'm sharing it with you in case you feel the need to write a similar type of letter to someone in your life.
Dear [Tremendously Important Person in My Life]:
It's tough having a [relative] who is really intelligent and Internet savvy. You can't hide anything online. :-) I know it's only a matter of time before you find my new blog, so I thought I'd save us both some awkwardness ("Has [he/she] found it?" "Does she know I've found it?") by simply sending you this link:
I want you to know that I will do my best not to hurt other people as I write about my weight issues in this blog. Unfortunately, it is difficult to write about my life without indirectly writing about other people, too -- although I will be as cryptic as possible. That is one of the things that has held me back from dealing with my issues -- the fear of hurting other people.
I have decided that I need to be brave in order to move forward with my life.
I know I have the ability to be both brave and kind. (A person learns a few things over the course of 49 1/12th years of living.)
I know you love me and that your attempts to encourage me to deal with my weight problem in the past, albeit clumsy, were made with the very best of intentions.
You're gloriously imperfect.
I am too.
I guess we have that in common.
I also know I have your support and love as I journey on this path yet again.