Contributing [Lifestyle] Writer
“Just be you,” is a statement that has long been used but is almost becoming obsolete. The phrase relates to being confident with self-esteem. It is our individuality that separates us from one another and defines us as unique with extraordinary beauty. Self-esteem and “just being ourselves,” is now questionable for many though.
Today it seems that being us is just not good enough; alteration of the self is the common factor, or rather cosmetic surgery. Cosmetic surgery is becoming the norm for the solution to perfecting so-called beauty imperfections. Enhancements are going way beyond simply putting on make-up and maintaining flawless hair and a nice body. Some reasons that many of us have cosmetic surgery are:
Defying age –we want to look young forever.
Physical appearance – we want to be strikingly gorgeous.
Standards – we define our beauty by the opinions of others.
While it supposedly is done to improve our aesthetics, it on the contrary, can diminish the inner self. Though it is our choice to decide how we look, alterations may not be a necessity, but on the other hand a detriment. It takes away from our own originality. We are meant to be who we distinctly are as created.
The desire to enhance our beauty is very normal, but can be done naturally. For instance, if weight loss is our goal, chances are it will be a struggle, but with dedication and patience it can be achieved without botching. Furthermore, the want to have voluptuous curves is common, but not a must.
Once again, we are all different. We can look our best without drastic unnecessary changes. After all, the changes that we are seeking for our “beauty imperfections” may result in being just as dissatisfying as the beginning of whatever we were attempting to change. Then, we will easily have regrets. There is nothing wrong with being original – us.
By Sonja Mattison