Hairy White Legs......not!
Added: Sat. Jan 12, 2008 3:17pm
Posted in: Living
One of the things I've come to realize, is that no matter how old we live to be, we still all have some sort of insecurity. I don't think I remember a time in my life when there wasn't something I struggled with....as a kid, it was likeability, looks, fitting in, and the list goes on. As an adult, it's been one thing or another, such as being the best at whatever job I was in, again, being liked by others, and as I age, "looks". It's interesting to look back at pictures of myself, just a few years ago, and see a totally different looking woman than I am today. I guess my quest in life today is to age as they say, "gracefully", although I'm not sure what that means. Maybe it's just accepting myself as I am, and not worrying about whether another wrinkle has begun to establish itself, or if the jeans I bought 2-years ago fit exactly they way they did they day I bought them.
It dawned on me a long time ago, that when I was looking at cosmetic or clothing ads, that the ad makers goal was to plant the idea that if you bought that particular product, somehow you would be magically transformed into that air brushed model.....curiously, it never happened for me, and as I look around I haven't seen it happen to anyone else.
Years ago, I took my daughters to Cypress Gardens for a day. They were about 9 and 12, and as we walked around the park, I noticed that there were NO beautiful people surrounding us. Rather what I observed were people with big bellies, white hairy legs, tan lines that should have been covered up, and hair that was less than coifed. LOL....and I thought to myself, no one seems to really be concerned. They were in many instances, holding hands, laughing, talking, and just enjoying the moment.
So why do we continually try to make ourselves into an image we can't be, when all that really matters is our connection with other human beings? And interesting puzzle that I've never really even answered for myself. Are we so brain washed that the marketing people have succeeded in convincing us all that we can't be happy without the pursuit of perfection? And yet, on the other side of that coin, is living healthy.....but as I write I think the answer is fairly simply.....live and do things that are beneficial to us each, develop relationships that enhance our lives, and if we find the magic potion, and or clothes that make us look like models, then life is good!
But in the end, I'm still not going outside with hairy white legs, and a tan line the rest of the world can laugh at!