It takes a lot of work and money to maintain the appearance of a woman. We need to daily shave our legs & armpits, put cream all over our bodies, concealer and powder to cover up our skin flaws, add the makeup on the eyes and the careful pencil line around the lips. Not only the daily stuff we got to do, but then there are the pedicures and manicures, waxing our eyebrows, dying our hair. Then we have to watch what we eat, pay attention to if our bums are tight for the summer bikini wear. Then we have to make sure our clothes are in style and fit to our body shape. Whew. It's way too much time and money to just get out the door in the morning.
Why can't we just leave the our house with doing nothing but take a shower? My husband can get out of bed and be out the door ready for work in 15 minutes, no doubt. I don't do all of the above. I've never had a manicure and had one pedicure which was given to me as a gift and I'm holding out on coloring my hair until I find a gray hair. But I have thought about it all, and still can find myself consumed in staying up with girl on the front page of the magazine. I always fall short. (Seen the videos on what they do on Photo shop to those photos?)
Then we compare. We compare our hair, our clothes, our looks with the other girls and if we felt beautiful leaving the house, suddenly we what to hide when we see the other girls and what they did to themselves to look beautiful. We don't think about how much more money and time they spent on themselves.
Now you want to say "Who Cares," what others look like or what they think, but don't you care a bit? Why else do we spend so much time and money on ourselves?
My son is in a community play. On the first meeting when we met the "artistic team" I saw the director on the side of the stage getting ready to introduce herself to the crew. She didn't posses the "typical" director appearance, but tossed a black bobby hairdo, a blousey top, and no visible makeup. She was not only overweight, but I would have to say obese. She walked to center stage spoke into the microphone and gave her smile and suddenly I thought she was so amazingly beautiful. She was vibrant, excited, encouraging, and absolutely delightful. Later I asked my nine year old son, "Wasn't the director beautiful?" He relied, "she really is." And then he went on to tell of all the wonderful things people say of her.
Why are we so caught up on our appearance when it's how we love, treat other, show respect, and reveal joy from our lives that really is what beautiful. Now, I am not saying neglect what is important to you and your appearance, but lets take steps to work on our inner beauty.
Society is wrapped this way, our focus is so on our outward looks with all the commercials and the same looking woman in all the magazines. Then the gossip column talks about someones stomach poking out, our clothes the are too this or too that. It is easy to get caught up in it all.
What do you do to work on your inner beauty? What outward appearance is important for you to maintain? What is your view of society's definition of beauty?