This story has been going around the web and you may be over seeing and hearing about it, but I wasn't. I thought it important enough to pass on. The pressure we women put on ourselves to be thin, which we perceive to look perfect is overwhelming. I don't know one woman that isn't struggling with her weight or is happy with her body image. And frankly that is sad, and quite scary.
With that said, I wanted to share this story in hopes that it will open your mind (and mine) to think differently about what we perceive to be "perfect." This story is taken from French Elle Magazine and the strikingly beautiful model is French model, Tara Flynn.
A while back, at the entrance of a gym, there was a picture of a very thin and beautiful woman. The caption was “This summer, do you want to be a mermaid or a whale?”
The story goes, a woman (of clothing size unknown) answered the following way:
“Dear people, whales are always surrounded by friends (dolphins, seals, curious humans), they are sexually active and raise their children with great tenderness.
They entertain like crazy with dolphins and eat lots of prawns.
They swim all day and travel to fantastic places like Patagonia, the Barents Sea or the coral reefs of Polynesia.
They sing incredibly well and sometimes even are on cds. They are impressive and dearly loved animals, which everyone defend and admires.
Mermaids do not exist.
But if they existed, they would line up to see a psychologist because of a problem of split personality: woman or fish?
They would have no sex life and could not bear children.
Yes, they would be lovely, but lonely and sad.
And, who wants a girl that smells like fish by his side?
Without a doubt, I’d rather be a whale.
At a time when the media tells us that only thin is beautiful, I prefer to eat ice cream with my kids, to have dinner with my husband, to eat and drink and have fun with my friends.
We women, we gain weight because we accumulate so much wisdom and knowledge that there isn’t enough space in our heads, and it spreads all over our bodies.
We are not fat, we are greatly cultivated.
Every time I see my curves in the mirror, I tell myself: 'How amazing am I ?!'"
So, try and remember this story next time you look in the mirror, we are all unique and only you can be you.