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Sunday, 7 August 2016

Perfection Doesn't Exist

I was inspired to write this post after a conversation I was having with my close friend a few days back. We were speaking about the sort of pressure that particularly the younger generation are put under to be a certain way - especially when it comes to our appearance...

It seems that, in life, we are all just on a quest for perfection. And it comes as no surprise, really. We are constantly bombarded with images from the media encouraging us to be 'perfect'. You see it all of the time in adverts, magazines, on TV, in music videos and wherever else - certain ideals that must be fulfilled in order to be considered 'attractive'. For example, the perception that females should have glossy, beautiful hair; a slim, yet still curvy body; wear flawless make-up, but not so much that it puts people off and be strikingly trendy.

We are all conscious of this pressure on us, and particularly mindful about the affect it might have on young, impressionable girls - but I don't just think it is aimed exclusively at females anymore. Now, males can have their fair share of expectations to live up to as well. The media continuously fuels this pressure to conform to such impossible standards. And, quite frankly, I find it infuriating. It can lead to feelings of inadequacy, impact upon self-esteem and confidence, and make people feel that they are somehow sub-standard. Most of us complain about it, but yet, nothing seems to change.

I spent my entire teenage years feeling like I wasn't good enough because I didn't personally look like the women I had seen in the media. I was flat-chested (still am), small with pathetically short little legs (still am), and didn't have the first clue how to apply make-up. And now? I hate myself. I grew up believing that because I didn't have all of these things, I was ugly - and that is not a belief that is easily reversed. Of course, I'm not suggesting that every single teen is going to end up self-loathing because of an image they came across in a magazine, but we must be aware that some people are more easily influenced than others, as well as more susceptible to feeling this way.

Despite how I felt growing up, I have come to the realisation that perfection doesn't exist. And why spend your life searching for something that doesn't exist? All of these images presented to us in the media, are edited in such a way that they portray a false ideal - one that is unattainable and unrealistic. As cliché as it sounds, I do honestly believe that we must embrace the things that make us unique. Attractiveness is subjective, there is no mould that you must fit into to be pretty or 'perfect'. Each of us are made differently, so why waste our time comparing ourselves to others?
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