Recently I have seen an abundance of advertisements trying to promote products using the idea of the ‘perfect’ summer body. Of course, producers behind these products are thinking of the ideal beauty form:
‘Skinny, but not too skinny. Tanned, but not patchy. Toned, but not overly muscular. Long hair, but not frizzy. Thigh gap, but thigh thickness, whilst retaining narrow hips and an overly large chest.’
Sheesh, that’s an incredible amount of pointers on the check list to get ready for summer. It’s no wonder I see people panic buying vegetables, slimming world meals and downloading my fitness pal in a serial attempt to drop pounds for a season which will just make an appearance again in the autumn. Why are we as a generation more bothered about how we look than anything else?
It’s all about confidence and how you feel, not how you compare to the woman next to you or the model on the billboard. I’m sure at one point we all wanted eyebrows like Cara Delavigne but stopped that the minute our Primark eyebrow crayons got smudgy. Focus on you as a person and not how you look. Think about the hobbies you’ll pick up over the summer, the adventures you’ll have and the people you’ll meet. Sure, we all want to have our own unique aesthetics and for some reason, those are just amplified in the Summer. If you want to lose weight, do it, go for it, work out like Beyoncé in her formation video. But please don’t feel obliged to change yourself, just to fit an ideal that disappears the minute everybody wants to be ‘thick’ for autumn.
Do things because you want to do them, and do them because you want to make that permanent change to better YOU. Not anybody else. And it’s nobody else’s business what you do and why you do it, just shrug it off, shake it off and keep living your life.