More and more teens and adults are decidedly feeling unhappy because they are eternally on autopilot trying to field the world’s expectations on them. Some of us meet those expectations only to realize that it failed to give us the fulfillment we sought within ourselves; some of us burnout mid-way trying to fulfill them; some of us realize that there has to be another way to find what we truly seek
Rewiring the brain and erasing negative words is doable because negative self-talk is a choice. Showing love for the self is key.
How many of us have come across at least one of these in our lives… You pass by a hoarding screaming in your face – “Get fairer skin in 7 days!!!” You sit down to …
My morning dose of caffeine includes half a bottle of water and couple of youtube videos. This morning when I opened Facebook, I chanced upon a post which led me here…and what a beginning to a day!
Indeed we overlook the beauty of who we are and try to start living an “expected” life than a “needed” one. Though a “standard” of beauty is implicitly set for everyone, it cannot be denied that girls/women in general are under much more duress to conform to standards. Everyday, these standards are thrown at us in a million ways- the beauty soap ads, the movie dialogues/songs which convey that the only way to be liked is to be “beautiful the way your man wants you”, the matrimonial ads asking for “fair, beautiful brides”, the neighborhood aunty passing a tip to lighten your daughter’s skin- its everywhere.
And the worst part? They just seep into our consciousness without even our knowing it.
Disturbed, I looked for a variant somewhere. And I found it!
I chanced upon Lizzie Valesquez and here I am pondering. Its disheartening that she was subjected to the same ridiculous ideas about beauty but heartening to see that she took it head on! Kudos!
In essence its really important to teach our daughters is to love being who they are, what they look like and how they do things!
Increasingly, I realize the world is beginning to beautify itself by more and more people shifting their ‘beauty’ paradigms! It’s brilliant and am loving it.
Atleast, my daughters will grow into a space that gives them the freedom to be who they are…
So, please talk to your daughters before the beauty companies do!