I am touching my screen as I write this. I am thinking of you as I write this. I am picturing you smiling and laughing as I write this. I am wishing you peace as I write this. I send you love.
As you read this.
FOR THE PRICE OF:_______________>YOU COULD HAVE:
Breast implant surgery_____________>a year of college tuition ($4,000 – $10,000)
A year’s worth of Slim Fast_________>plane tickets to Europe ($500 – $1000)
One month of fake tanning_________>a one hour massage ($40 – $100)
Expensive, designer shoes__________>two weeks worth of groceries ($500 – $1000)
Pair of designer jeans_______________>a lift ticket at a ski resort ($100 – $300)
A set of acrylic nails_________________>a day at an amusement park ($50 – $100)
Breast enhancing bra________________>an afternoon canoe trip ($30 – $50)
12 fashion/gossip magazines________>dinner at a nice restaurant ($60 – $80)
Another makeup item________________>long distance call to a friend/loved on ($5-$10)
Love Your Body! Accept every curve, each bend, every hair!
They are yours, and only yours. No one has the same genetic blue print as you. You are so special. Instead of spending our money on changing who we are meant to be, let us spend it caring for our body, loving ourselves, and having new experiences.
Let us spend it on life.
I find that many individuals characterize woman such as the one shown about as “curvy” or voluptuous”. Some even go as far to label these woman as “chunky” or “overweight”
But I think it is very important to note that our culture and the media have made the women’s ideal body into something unnatural.
The media promotes bodies that are waif like and often emaciated. It sends us the message that unless we fit into the same size zero jeans and have the same perfectly sculpted abdominals, that we are inadequate. It distorts our perception of beauty.
In reality, the woman featured above is not different because of her curves. She is not overweight. She is NORMAL.
She exemplifies the standard woman body.
Women are SUPPOSED to have hips, thighs, and a waist so that they can bare children.
It is ok for our skin to fold over when we sit or bend our body.
WE NEED TO HAVE SOME FAT on our body in order to be healthy and insulate ourselves.
Of course, remember that women come in all shapes and sizes. Some naturally larger and some smaller. Some big boned others small boned. Some with wide feet. Others with narrow feet. Some big chested and others flat.
The women who are smaller are just as normal as those who are curvy. It is the pursuit of this unrealistic thin ideal which is unnatural and unhealthy, and very apparent.
The most important thing is that whatever size and shape we come in, that we accept our genetic blue print.
None is right or wrong. We cannot compare our bodies to those of others, because as human beings, we are so diverse.
Remember that regardless, the our beauty is not defined by anything external. It is not defined by our curves or our thinness.
Instead we are defined by the person we are inside; by our character, our attitude, our goals, our morals, and the way in which we treat others.
These are the characteristics we want to be remembered for after we die.
Not how we looked in a modeling advertisement. Not how we fit into a pair of jeans.
We want to be remembered for how we made a difference in the world. For how we impacted someone’s life.