Saturday, November 13, 2010

Perfectly Flawed

As women, we struggle with our body image. It is constantly changing as we eat, don’t eat, drink, don’t drink, work out, sit on the couch, stress, live, have children, etc... It bloats, contracts, builds muscle, breaks it down, reproportions, settles, shrinks, expands, sags, rebuilds. The media inundates us with images of what we should look like – what the beautiful people look like. What clothes we should wear, how we should style our hair, what is acceptable, what is not, and what it perfect.

But seriously, what is perfect???

What is perfect? Is it a look? Is it a style? Is it a person? Is it a thought? If something is perfect, how can it be perfect one day and not perfect another day? Or hour? Or month? Or year? Why does it change, if it is “perfect”?

As women, we constantly struggle with our body image -- we are bombarded by the media's opinion of what we should look like. What "beautiful" is. What “perfect” is. We are emotional – this media bombardment affects us. It makes us think about things that are not true, that are not real, and that are not perfect. Perfection is flawed, and the media paints a happy, unflawed, non-perfect picture of beauty and perfection. It is up to us to recognize it for what it is – untrue.

I challenge you to find one person, in the entire world, living or dead, who is perfect. No one is perfect. Everyone has flaws. Whether physical, mental, emotional or other... Every single person is flawed. We have been designed that way. And because we are designed that way, each of us is truly perfect, in our own, individually flawed ways. It is our flaws that make us perfect. Our flaws make us unlike any other person, our flaws which make us perfect and beautiful.

Because we are flawed, we are perfect and beautiful.

This has always been one of my favorite articles from Again Faster.

You Are Beautiful
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