Thank you to everyone who played my SIX TRUTHS AND A LIE! 🙂 I loved reading each and every one of your guesses/comments. 🙂
Now it is time for the unveiling of The Lie. Lie, please step forward.
The Lie is:
#5 — Dill pickles.
I do not care for pickles AT ALL!
I prefer nut butter. 🙂
Now for the truths! 😀
I HAVE wanted to be a cake decorator ever since I was a little girl.
I HAVE lived my ENTIRE life without a cell phone (though I hope to get one soon!).
I DO sew on patches for some the boy-scouts who live around me — I even get paid for it. 🙂
I DO love to babysit – it is one of my favorite jobs in the world! If I could do it all day I would! 🙂
Looking at the variety likes and dislikes in my “truths and one lie,” I’ve been blessed and have enjoyed a lot of special experiences. Even with all these–and a whole lot more–I’m still amazed that I don’t always have a positive view of myself.
One current example showed me this lack of self-confidence once again. Only a short while after beginning this blog, I had some wonderful ladies award me with the Stylish Blogger Award. I was hesitant and felt as though I shouldn’t – couldn’t accept it. I felt that I wasn’t anything special and didn’t deserve such an award.
I wasn’t loving myself. I need to find peace with myself.
Just like how I felt I wasn’t of worth of an award, I sometimes become influenced by the media’s perception. Many advertisers, magazines, and commercials bomb girls with the deceptions that they can only be beautiful if they are thin — that she has to look like “Barbie.” (Have you noticed that the Barbie doll is making a comeback–with her “romantic” Ken? Hmmm) It’s tough enough wondering if we have a “correct” color of hair, the “correct” weight, or the “correct” size in order for society to consider us as “beautiful.” Just how I thought that my blog had to be “xyz,” society pressures all of us into believing that we can only be beautiful if we are “xyz.”
But is that really the ideal for any of us? To look like Barbie?
In reality, if Barbie were real, she’d be 7 feet 2 inches tall, have a 36 inch chest, 18 inch waist, and 38 inch hips (source). Not only that, but she would have myriads of medical problems, be unable to menstruate, and would topple over because of her proportions and have to crawl on all fours. I KNOW I don’t find that “reality” very pleasing.
Furthermore, some young adults look to fashion models as their “figure of health” (I’ve been there) and strive with all their might to become and look just like them. Some take it to dire extremes. Magazines like to feature images of very thin models, and unfortunately many of these models go to dangerous limits to stay skinny. These kinds of habits can lead to eating disorders.
The average woman is 5 foot 4 inches and weighs about 140 pounds. While the average fashion model is 5 foot 11 inches and 117 pounds — seven inches taller but 23 pounds less than the average woman! Not only is that unrealistic for girls, but it is harmful.
I learned today from an article about a “plus-size” model who had reduced her body size to a 6-8 that she was being pressured to go back to the “PLUS-SIZE” of a size 10 in order to keep her modeling job. Since when was a size 10 a “plus-size”? Most plus-size stores don’t even carry sizes below a 14. So is the media reducing the size of “plus” in order for us to focus on unreal expectations of thinness?
The scale, our dress size, and the models’ runway photos don’t portray the whole and true picture. Listen to the voice inside you. Stay in-tuned with yourself and how you feel. Regardless of how the media and advertising might try to make us feel insignificant, we are more than sexual objects–their play-things–their sources of mere profit. We are beautiful. We are loved. We are divine. We can make a difference.
Let’s begin with one little step. Let’s change our focus away from the magazines and TV ads to how potential we have as women and individuals. One little pebble can make one big ripple.
That one compliment — that one smile — that one phone call — can change the world.
We can change the course of history.
Thank you guys for always being there for me! 🙂