BY SHARNI SYKES
When we flip through the pages of a magazine, we are constantly faced with images that show us what we should be. For so many of us, this can be so confronting, society is telling us that maybe, we aren’t good enough. It is near impossible to reach the beauty standards set in magazines or have that ideal men/women’s body. It is like we are being set to fail before we even start. It is simple enough to be able to say to ourselves how unrealistic this may be, but it still affects many of us on a deeper level. Television and social media almost show us that to achieve in life, you have to be beautiful. Who set the standards of beauty? Where does this ‘ideal’ type really come from, it changes as our culture changes so is anyone really ‘beautiful’. Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, you may not look like that Calvin Klein model, but you are beautiful, in all your flaws. Each freckle, pimple, mole, birth mark, wrinkle, stretch mark etc. is a part of who you are, what makes you special and what makes you beautiful. Each mark is an experience lived, a lesson learnt and without these we are not ourselves. We need to stop focusing on the beauty of others and focus on the beauty of our environment all around us.