“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” This is at least what they say. Or is it? You know, years ago I would agree; things were somehow easier then, clearer. Nowadays, it is a lot more complicated.
Have you ever thought about all the ecpectations that the young generation has to face, and live up to, these days? All the fashion rules, all the things you see on TV, in all types of advertising – if you are a teenager – you need to fulfil so many criteria it’s dizzy. Or, you become the wierdo in school.
We all uderstand the Hollywood standards, all models for both men and women; we understand that they are artificially created to keep us slaves to the ever-cycle of all sorts of industries; we do that in a conversation, in discussions, during parents’ meetings at school, when talking to our psychotherapist. Sure. But when it comes to our lives – why is it so hard to internzlize and put to practice all these things we are so fully aware of?
Many parents say it so hard to bring up a teenager these days. It is so demanding. But kids haven’t changed, not really. We have changed, together with the times and our culture.
Society is coming down so hard on us these days; rules are changing every day and we are gasping and trying to keep up. Well, then, if it is so hard on us – why should it be easier on our children? I bet you never tried to place yourself in the shoes of your 17-year old daughter, and don’t say “We were young once too”. The times when I was young have nothing in common with today’s. Now, you need to be in full gear just to go to school! Make-up, shoes, clothes, hairdo, your daddy’s car, your parents’ jobs – all needs to be trendy. If not you get picked on, selected to be different, and thus isolated. And, you know, different was good back in my day; everybody tried hard to be different, fighting the mainstream. Not now.
Beauty is not in the eye of the beholder any more. It is on TV, on billboards, in the classrooms. Brainwashed, same beauty, making 12-year-olds look like tired bored whores. Sad.