We are constantly bombarded with images from the media to tell us what is beautiful, what is popular, what to buy, and it shapes how we see ourselves and our surroundings. You might think to yourself when looking in the mirror, only if my nose was a little smaller, only if my jaw line was more defined, only if I could have a better shaped mid-section, only if my behind was more like Kim Kardashian, then I would look good. If you let it get the better of you, you may even find yourself extremely self conscious and with low self esteem.

Its one thing to get the latest in beauty products and clothes, but what we should not do, is to go to the extremes of plastic surgery to achieve what we think is beautiful, or to become anorexic or bulimic to attain a certain weight or body image.

Plastic surgery is an ever increasing trend worldwide. The demand for plastic surgery in Saudi Arabia has increased ten fold in recent years. The majority of the work is done on women, however, many men are increasingly going under the knife as well. The most popular procedures are liposuction, rhinoplasty (nose jobs), and breast enlargements. People are even going to the extent of applying for loans to pay for procedures that are not necessary, such as procedures to make you have similar features to famous actors, actresses and musicians.

Why is plastic surgery an increasing trend? Are there deeper issues and emotions behind the reasons to go under the knife? Have we become so obsessed with perfection?

The images of celebrities we see on T.V, online and in the magazines are almost always photoshopped, with the help of additional lighting and the result of  personal trainers, stylists, make-up artists and hair stylists. These images that we see seem perfect, but most of these people in the images do not actually look like that in real life and especially so when they wake up in the mornings.

We need to remember that we are beautiful as is. No one is perfect! Each one of us is unique, our beauty and value is derived from who we are as people, not how we look, what language we speak, whether we are carrying a “Guess” or “Prada” purse, or if we are rich or poor. Our beauty and value comes from the content of our characters.

So always remember that you are beautiful, you have great value and if you could be anyone is this world, you should be you!

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5 thoughts on “Perfection

  1. Guys do not like most of what girls do…believe it or not we actually care about what she’s like on the inside and not just the outside. I hate girls that load on make-up 🙁

  2. I agree with Khalid. I do not like women wearing lots of makeup. they looks un-natural or someone in circus

  3. Sometime we try to impress everyone else except our partners. Our loved ones might like us the way we look, feel, smell, laugh, think and believe. So lets satisfy the ones who care and loves us before trying to satisfy everyone else who do not care and do not know that we even exist.

    The most amazing thing is to be “who we actually are and not to be someone else”.

    Money(business & Banks) and mass media is behind most of our actions of getting loans to perform plastic surgeries or things that we do not even need in the first place.

  4. It is true. My wife started working two years back and her expenses skyrocketing since then. she started wearing vanity clothing, jewelries, makeup, plastic surgery and more unnecessary things. I do not mind but we have two kids and we do not have a house yet. I am trying to save the down payment for our dream home. she keeps the salary for herself only and does not contribute towards the house downpayement or household expenses. Her habits are a blow for our dream home. I love her a lot and I like the person she really is and not the faked one.

    Any advise in making her focus on our goals?

  5. @ Jul: Talk to your wife and tell her that you love her and tell her that she is beautiful the way she is. Share your concerns with her.

    Sit down together and discuss your ideas of where you would like to be in 5-10 years from now. Will you be in your own “dream home?” How can you come up with the down payment for that home?

    Look at what type of home you both would like and consider your budget and keep track of what your spending per month for groceries, rent, car’s,clothing, bills etc… Find a realistic figure that you can put aside each month to save for your dream home. I’m sure she will be willing to chip in for the greater good of your family.

    I hope this helps. Wishing you all the best!

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