It seems to be human nature to try to look as good as you can for as long as you can. The cosmetics and clothing industries would quickly cease to exist if that were not the case. Looking our best puts a bounce in our step and gives us the confidence that draws others to us, and that’s a good thing, right? I would say that’s true as long as you don’t take it too far. It is a fact that the world is more welcoming if you are lovely. They say even newborns respond more favorably to a pretty face. Yes, we have been told beauty is only skin deep (whatever that means) and that who we are inside is what really counts. The problem is we live in a world of Sports Illustrated models and air-brushed actresses whose idea of a hearty meal is 1/3 cup of air-popped popcorn, hold the butter, and I would bet that very few folks are willing to bypass a homely face for the splendid soul that resides within. We live in a visual world, and it’s no fun to be overlooked, because you just don’t measure up to another human being’s fantasy. I’m sure men feel some of this pressure as well, but I would venture to say, it is mostly women who will often go to great lengths to be attractive at any cost.
There may be less emphasis on physical perfection if you live in a rural community where people are more down to earth and in closer touch with reality, but for those who live in cities such as Los Angeles, New York, Las Vegas and Miami, where those blessed with beauty tend to abound, it’s pretty difficult to escape these notions until you become old and are by default pretty much invisible wherever you go. That is unless you are a force to be reckoned with, so people are forced to notice you, which I will take over going under the knife any day!
We don’t have to look very far to see many examples of women desperate to enhance their outward exterior whether it involves plastic surgery or starvation diets. To that end, various procedures abound from lip injections to liposuction…botox to booty enhancement, and speaking of booties, that is what led me to this blog entry.
When I logged onto AOL news this afternoon, there was a picture of a beautiful young woman. She had long, shiny black hair, big hazel eyes and a dazzling smile, revealing rows of perfect white teeth. To look at her, you would think this was somebody who would not lack for male attention, someone who must feel very confident based on all outward appearances. She appeared glowy, youthful and full of life, but that would be far from the truth, because she is dead.
Without going into irrelevant details, this beautiful girl died after receiving injections in her behind, presumably so she could achieve a more bodacious shillouette. The procedure took place in a strip mall in Miami. Perhaps she thought that a more curvaceous body would make her more acceptable, more worthy of love. Instead it ended her life.
For most women, it won’t be that drastic, although struggling with an eating disorder can definitely take you out. It will just take longer. The question is how far are you willing to go to fit into an elusive image when you were already created in the image of God?