Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Women.  We pluck, we prick, we squeeze, we agonize.  It is no wonder women are so obessed with looking perfect when that is all we are surrounded by.  It's on TV, on the radio, magazines, movies, and all other types of media.  That image of the perfect woman who is happy, thin, beautiful (body and hair), and smart.  We are expected to attain and attempt to achieve this look, without ever really achieving it. After all, the images you see are touched up, the women have eating disorders, and I'm willing to bet a lot of them aren't truly happy.  These images and messages are ingrained in us from the time we are little.  Girls wear pink, girls wear makeup, and blah blah blah.

So each day we the female species find ourselves doing this routine to no avail.  We stare in the mirror and criticize the things that jiggle, the things that sagg, those puff eyes or dark circles.  Then we attempt to cover up those imperfections with the latest miracle cream or some women even go as drastic as surgery.  All of this is an endless cycle that is designed to make women feel as if they aren't good enough and have to constantly improve themselves by purchasing the latest must-have easy fix.  When really there is nothing lasting, even plastic surgery will fade over time.

One thing that has become clear for me, is the need to take care of myself.  And that is on a variety of levels.  Our bodies act as a machine, only working as well as we maintain them.  Regular exercise, a healthy diet, and getting enough sleep can go a long way to making us feel better.  I find it interesting that many women who are beautiful don't feel like they are deep down. Beauty is more than skin deep, something society may know but as of right now we aren't willing to live by.  Inner and outer beauty start with feeling and believing.  You have to feel beautiful, happy, and joyful. If you believe it to the depths of your soul then you can have lasting happiness, which will make you beautiful.  If however, you choose to focus on all the things that make you worse, all your flaws it only brings more attention to them.  Take the time to consciously focus on everything you LIKE about yourself, instead of dislike.  Then focus on being the best person you can be all around.  That way we can stop obsessing so much over our image and take a breather.  One last thought for now: we constantly are being judged by others and judging ourselves.  Make an effort as a woman to be JUDGE FREE and not base a person's beauty by what is on the surface.  Sometimes there is a lot more under the surface left to be discovered.  It just takes the effort to look.