I know I’ve been a little serious lately, and I apologize for that (but only if you’re not into it – if you are, then NO APOLOGIES) – I promise I will get back to making stupid faces and arguing with inanimate objects very soon.
Last week on FB, my friend Linda posted the video below. I watched it, and I immediately knew that I wanted to share it on my blog.
The media spends a lot of time telling us what we want, who we should look like, and what is truly “beautiful”. It reminds me of ANOTHER of my favorite videos that was uploaded to YouTube recently:
I think it’s brilliant, and it helps us all remember that no one is perfect.
I know, for a fact, that I will never be incredibly skinny. My body was not made to be incredibly skinny, and I would probably look goofy if I tried to get there. Nothing against incredibly skinny and beautiful people – but that just isn’t me. And you know what? I am pretty damn OK with that. No, I am not totally happy with the way that I look right now, but I know that I’m still beautiful and that I’m doing something to get healthier. This is empowering and also incredibly important to remember.
Everyone at WW talks about Jennifer Hudson and her huge weight loss, because she is the WW spokesperson. You can see the difference in this totally creepy but possibly kind of cool (no actually, it’s just creepy) Weight Watchers commercial. But here’s the part we forget – she was friggin’ gorgeous before she lost the weight. Yes, she is now healthier and probably feels better about herself, but she was beautiful then, too. Big can be, and frequently is, beautiful.
The point, here, my friends, is that weight loss and working out and all the work we put into this cannot be solely to look better. We cannot cater to the media’s image of what is beautiful, because it is unattainable, and frankly, hilarious. It’s hard to remember this every day, but I sure try. And in Kate Winslet’s statement about her photoshopped image on the cover of GQ, she says, “I don’t look like that, and I don’t desire to look like that.”