The untimely death of writer Olivia Goldsmith, author of the First Wives Club
, from plastic surgery highlighted the risks associated with our narcissistic addiction to looking forever young. Is being beautiful and youthful through surgical intervention worth dying for? Extreme makeovers are popularized by the media. We watch the magical transformations on TV believing that the participants will live happily ever after. However, they donít. As a result of the surgery (surgeries), many have confessed to having lost friends, and facing overt or subtle criticism from family and colleagues at work. Some are soon dissatisfied and feel the need to have another nip or tuck. They have broken through the surgery barrier. Plastic surgery can become addictive if one has the money to support it.
Why are we women cutting up our faces? Why are we becoming obsessed with our bodies? I have seen women who had so many procedures done that they continually stare at themselves in the mirror, not out of wonder and admiration, but because they do not recognize who they have become.
Many eye-lifts have resulted in hollow, vacant looks. Many face lifts have resulted in a loss of expression. However, worst of all is the death of the interior woman, the beauty of her words, experience, wisdom and intuition. Instead, a more superficial female emerges working on the outside without working on the inside to get a sense of her true life and an appreciation of her accomplishments. What is most frightening is that during all this time, a girl is watching her mother aging ungracefully, cutting up her face, vacuuming out her thighs and inflating her breasts. Her mother embodies the message that in order to succeed you have to be stereotypically beautiful and thin. Her mother is struggling to turn into a Barbie doll.
We need to learn how to love and respect ourselves to see beauty in self-expression, a smile and a sparkle in the eyes. We need to take back our power! Here are some suggestions to attain internal and eternal beauty:
- Reward your body with affirming and enhancing activities like massages, music and fragrances.
- Exercise to reverse the clock naturally. Strength training will lift your spirits, tone your body, and increase your self-esteem, making you a woman of substance.
- Donít smoke - it ruins the skin and your health. You donít need to inhale toxins to be thin.
- Eat a balanced diet to nourish your body and soul. Sugar is inflammatory and puts on the pounds. Fruits, vegetables, complex carbohydrates and omega 3ís will make you glow. Protein is important for your muscles. Drink plenty of water to make your skin moist and flush out toxins.
- Get an adequate nightís sleep to repair daytime cellular damage and relax your mind.
- Carry yourself like a goddess. Dress the part. If you hold yourself in high-esteem, others will too.
- Keep your skin clean and wear sun block to avoid premature wrinkles. A moisturizer will make you glisten.
- Get rid of stress and anger. They make you look unattractive and damage your internal organs. Learn to see the positive in life. It will help you to live longer.
- Have a romance with life. If you feel as though life has passed you by, reinvent your career or relationship. Transform your perceptions. Get passionate about your life by tapping into your creative side.
- Volunteer to help others. See yourself benevolently reflected in their eyes instead of a mirror.
We donít need to wear a mask to obscure our inner light. True beauty is honest and joyous. Vanity-based plastic surgery is the unkindest cut of all
- a betrayal in the deepest sense to ourselves. We are good enough!