In a world of media and fashion, it appears that not only things need to be perfect, also human beings. We see commercials with girls that have soft, spotless skin and ‘the’ perfect body shape, and boys that are faultless with some shiny six-pack. Even though we know that this portrait is not reflecting reality (to a very large extent at least), many people still (try to) live up to it. This is really frustrating when you hear that the number of people with eating disorders, for example, is increasing. It is time to change this misperception of perfection and beauty. People of all ages, colours and sizes are beautiful and perfect in their way. There is no ‘standard’ that we need to live up to! We are all different, and not only we have to accept that, but also our society! We should be proud of this variety, that no-one looks like one another!
Yes, women may have sagging breasts, dangling asses, tummies, cellulite, spots and whatsoever – and men have ‘faults’ too! Does that make them unattractive? No! In the end, we are all human, none of us is perfect, you like people because of their personality and if you fall in love with someone you don’t care about their number of spots or the yellowness of their teeth anyway – you love everything about them.
Life is not about looking perfect, it’s about living life! Enjoying it! Being yourself and not trying or pretending to be someone else just to look good. (for who, anyway?)
I know it’s not easy, I mean, I, too, often stand in front of the mirror disliking my this and that about myself. But I’m not perfect either. Not in the way I look, nor in the way I act. Still, life is a learning process; telling myself every time when I have these thoughts that it doesn’t matter helps, and maybe some day I will be able to accept myself with all my faults that do not and do make me who I am.
There has already been an increase but hopefully even more people will start acting against 0-size-models and ridiculous ideals of beauty and we will move towards a(n even) more open-minded society.
Have a look at this video (and do check out 8:15+):