So, as you may know I have two little girls.
No boys as of yet but, girls.
I came across this video and it struck a cord. It’s something that all moms must think about at one point and I’ve thought about it quite often actually or should I say worried about?
Well, it’s how us women and young girls are made to feel about our self-image and the forced strive to achieve unattainable perfection.
Here is the video:
Either way, my revelation is that come what may–if I so desire to, I can do it and I can achieve how I want to feel and look.
I just don’t worry about it as much as I used to, to be quite honest. Not to say that I don’t like girly things and don’t like dressing up, it’s just not my number one priority anymore. I’m more worried about my health rather than the aesthetics, though I still think about it when I am constantly bombarded by ads like the one below.
I wish it only took me 15 minutes a day!
(Yes, I know that any physical activity is better than no activity.)
Anyway, it’s one thing to be young and highly susceptible to feeling this but, I’ve seen it and heard it from women my own age and older. Harshly criticizing each other for how they look or how much they weigh. Most times it’s because they themselves have been ridiculed and have low self-esteem.
I’ve heard it about myself and quite frankly, I don’t give a damn.
I always say FAT can be fixed but, when you are ugly inside it shows outwardly and that can’t be fixed.
Now, what I worry about is what I am teaching my girls, they often wonder why they eat healthy foods and why sometimes they can’t eat as much candy as they’d like and so on. I want to teach them that they are beautiful inside and out and that no matter what they look like, all that matters is who they are.
At a young age, you want to teach them to eat healthy to feel healthy not because of how they may look. But, that is a concept that is so hard for young girls to understand. I know at the age of 10-12 and beyond, I didn’t understand that. I’ve seen reactions to this video stating that we should know and accept that these women in advertising AREN’T real and we need to move on from this. But, young girls who are just discovering who they are do NOT know this.
As women who have already learned this, we know and accept that.
Most of us.
But young girls think this is the standard.
And to me, that’ s not right and what we should be teaching them or encouraging them to think.
Anyway, I thought I’d share this video and would love to hear your thoughts.
Til then, cheers m’deres!