This week on Pinterest, I saw a lot of people pinning things like this:
And you know what? It made me kinda mad.
Where are we going, as a society? Throughout history, women have been fighting for equality. Fighting to be taken seriously. Fighting to have a voice--and for that voice to be heard.
Why then, are women so fixated on their physical appearance? Why do we torture ourselves to conform to an unrealistic standard of beauty? When our mind is supposed to be our most compelling attribute, why do care so much about our bodies?
I admit, I often do things to contribute to this mindset. I spend a lot of time each day getting ready. I have spent a lot of energy trying to make my hair, make-up, and style appealing. I have dieted. I have exercised more than I needed to. But, at the end of the day, my physical self is not what makes me happiest.
Would I be happier if I had six pack abs and a tight butt? I don't know. My hunch is no. I feel like if I am not happy with myself now, I never will be. So, I just try to be happy with what I've got.
Come on, people. Life is wonderful. Life is beautiful. So, eat the friggin' cookie.
See also: The Come Back Kid.