Well, Here I am, on the last day of my project and the conclusion of my experiment.
I have learnt much within these past 10 days, things about the world, society and indeed myself.
First, a quick recap on what happened after day 5.
As you know, I went on a trip with my family to celebrate my moms 50th birthday.
We went to a lodge in the mountains and I slept like a baby all the way there.
I have found that I always have a constant level of fatigue no matter what I do.
We unloaded and had a few drinks in the freezing cold night.
The next day, we explored the town that kind of reminded me of South Park and I gathered some gifts to bring home.
Some of the towns people, though very friendly were noticeably curious.
After some shopping and some lunch, we went back to the lodge and I had a bath.
Before I did this however, my family kindly asked if I were to take off the suit so that we could better enjoy our vacation.
I was extremely hesitant at first, fearing that it could jeopardize the integrity of my research however, after a while I agreed.
After days of wearing the suit, the light and foreign feeling of bathing was more than welcome.
When I got out and got dressed, I felt oddly good. Even though the suit did little to change my physical appearance
I did feel much better about myself and what I had accomplished so far. I felt faster and stronger.
After we went for supper, we want back to the lodge and had a little party and went back to bed.
After a tour of a beautiful mountain range and lunch at a hotel, we made a large meal and had a party in my moms honor.
After a night of drinks and food and movies, we got some sleep for the impending drive back.
Three hours after we set off the next day, we arrived back home and after a family get together, settled in.
So we arrive on Monday and I again dawned the suit and pack.
It felt both uncomfortable and familiar at the same time and I was back into the feel of it in no time at all.
Two days of work and collage in the suit subsided and here we are. Full circle.
Though entirely unplanned, I did in fact learn something from prematurely taking off the suit.
First off, I am no longer anxious about the suit.
I used to use it to enhance my long walks and I always felt a sense of dread before I did them. Now, I do not.
Now the whole point of the suit was to illustrate how far people will go to achieve the body ideal.
I took off that suit for my family. I set aside my quest for the body ideal so that I can enjoy my time with my family.
I think that that says something important. I thought that by taking off the suit, I would be giving up, that I wasn't strong enough to wear the suit through everything but I was wrong.
I believe that is was my own strength that allowed me to take off the suit and set it aside for a while so that I could have fun with my family. I would be fine without it.
Sometimes, you have to find a balance between thing so that we may a prosper and sometimes the ones that are closest to us can help us find that balance.
I am thinking of using the suit more often and taking my dog for a walk though I will not obsessively wear it any more.
Looking back at my journals and video logs, this experiment has been very enlightening to me and I hope to you too.
I look forward to seeing what you guys think.
Thanks for reading.