Photoshop Will Ruin Your Life (If You Let It)

the original badass

Good Morning all! Hope you’re having a great weekend so far! I intend on enjoying today as much as possible, as I have to write essays all day tomorrow..oh well, classes will be over in 2 weeks, and then I’m free! FREEEEEE! Ahem. Pardon me.

I have not been shy about expressing my adoration for Pinterest, as any regular reader of this blog knows. However, we’re entering that stage every relationship does..the honeymoon is over, in other words.
I love the countless DIY projects, recipes, and hairstyle pictures, even though they seem to occupy much more of my time than they should. I have a problem, though, with the supposedly “motivational” fitness and bikini shots that seem to multiplying like rabbits that got into the Jack Daniels. Here are my reasons.

make myself proud by posing in a bra and scowling? i think…not.

1. Adobe makes it possible: SO many (if not all) of these pictures are touched up beyond all recognition. Unless you are a vegan Olympic hopeful, you’re not strutting down the beach with zero percent body fat. Women have bodies. They are not perfect. Even unretouched pictures of supermodels aren’t perfect. If Heidi Klum needs airbrushing before she’s cover-ready, a chili and lemon-juice cleanse ain’t gonna make you look like the front of Vogue magazine. Forgeddabouit.
2. Healthy is as healthy does: Crash diets, over-exercising, and relentless self-criticism are NOT good for you. All they will do is create an unrealistic standard and lead to you being disappointed with yourself. The best way to get healthy is to eat a balanced, varied diet high in fruits, veggies, and protein, and stick to whole grains, while limiting your consumption of fats, sugars, and red meat. Drink a lot of water and exercise for at least 30 minutes a day. This, my friends, is called being sensible. Crazy “lifestyle plans” need not apply.
3. Be healthy for YOU: You don’t need to fit in with what society says is beautiful. You don’t need to bake yourself to Oompa-Loompa orange, bleach your hair and teeth, weigh 85 pounds, and wear trendy sh*t to be gorgeous. Live a life that is healthy so you can wake up every morning feeling great, and go out and kick the world right in the ass. It needs it, and if you’re curled up in a fetal position because a bunch of fake pictures made you feel inadequate, you can’t do that, can you?
DON’T FORGET TO BE AWESOME.

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