Standards?

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Think about the first time you felt uncomfortable in your own skin. For whatever reason you felt your safety or security was compromised. How ridiculous is this? How ridiculous is it that our society is so dominated by sexualizing the human body, we become insecure about everything we do in regards to our bodies.

When was the last time you said you loved yourself?

When was the last time you appreciated your body?

Your body is not your possession. It is you, it is  your being.

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So who has decided this standard of beauty?

Not only does society tell us to cover up more, but it sells us products, pills, and powders to make us thinner, tanner, “more beautiful”. Because people are no longer people, we are a market in which society feeds off our insecurity. We’re in-advertently made to feel inadequate in the eyes of the industry. 

After all, isn’t that what you see in the magazines? Ways to “better” your appearance. And for what? So you can get into a relationship? So you can prove something to someone?

It is so unfortunate that in 2016, society still places more value on a person’s aesthetics vs. their passions or experiences or knowledge. It is so hard to develop meaningful relationships with substance and purpose as opposed to a friendship or relationship based on looks and popularity.

Your body is wonderful just the way it is, as long as YOU are happy with it, because when you’re comfortable with yourself, no one can tell you otherwise.

Don’t allow a world of photoshop to convince you that you are anything less than incredible.

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(Pictures not mine)

lots and lots of love,

Matenia

p.s. sorry about the lack of posts, but I’m back and ready to go.

 

 

 

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Empathy +Humanity….(lets chat 2.)

I recently sat down with a friend from home and had a long conversation about humanity.

When I learned my friend JJ was going to be in New York after his studying abroad in London, I immediately wanted to make plans with him. Initially I wanted to talk about studying abroad and how it affected him. Somewhere throughout the conversation, we began to talk politics.

I tend to stray from politics because it’s tiring to talk to someone about issues when they seem to have no hope and no idea for solution. My mind completely changed yesterday.

It’s amazing how a simple conversation can completely open your mind to new ideas and restore faith in people.

All of what JJ said resonated with me, but when he said,“if we lose empathy, we lose humanity”, that got me thinking about empathy as a whole.

We as a society have lost the necessity of empathy because other things, like money, fame, popularity, etc, have been deemed more important.

But what could possibly be more important than understanding the emotions of another. See without empathy we are not people, we are robots. 

Nature gives us the ability to connect someone else’s emotions with our own to create an understanding of feelings. To lose that would be to sacrifice our human nature for selfishness.

Throughout the conversation we discussed many different things, from the recent president elect, to ways to be proactive instead of defeated throughout this time. He also pointed out that, “you have to listen to everyone’s voice, even if you don’t like that voice.” Which is something I feel like a lot of people forget. Even if someone has a different opinion than you, take time to listen, just like you would want them to do for you. Because this is the way we form our ideals, this is the way we learn, this is the way we grow.

(pictures below of JJ, all photos taken by me)

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