Be you!

Happy international women’s day!

It’s a women’s day and an opportunity to look at the achievements, challenges, contributions, problems & issues, and many more things related to women.
There are many women out there who are doing great in their professional or personal areas, many aspiring women to reach their goals, many more who are struggling to make the ends meet, some more who are contributing to their family and society at the expense of their physical/emotional health, a whole lot of women who are trying to get the bare minimum necessities of life!

When one segment of society is celebrating women’s day, innumerable women do not even know the celebrations surrounding this day!
However, if I start writing about the various issues that bother women, it can’t fit in a single blog. Let me focus on one point today, that’s being you!

Objectification of women has become so common in advertisements, movies, and albums. Crime against women is increasing, and on the other hand, women are getting obsessed with models on screen and developing negative body image.
Sabotaging health in the quest for the perfect body, over-stressing the body to burn calories, build muscles, lose/gain weight has become a major issue among women. Either they get into over-exercising or counting calories and poor eating habits with a vicious circle of less eating & overeating. Various treatments to change skin color, texture, curl or straighten the hair, and many more things that are aggressively marketed by demeaning some and dignifying other appearances.

Exaggeration of physical appearance and one-sided concepts of beauty is causing stress on women of all ages. Not only women, even kids, and teenagers are falling prey to the advertisements of various products. Big companies of beautifying products are busy increasing revenue without even thinking of the negative impacts it is putting on society. Even little girls are looking for fairness creams and slimming products!

It does not mean that one should not try to look good. You can look good with however you are and feel good. But the society and media are screaming from the rooftop that only certain features make a person beautiful and trying to measure everyone with the same scales and molds. That’s what adding pressure on individuals along with their share of responsibilities and troubles.

How much pressure we have today to get aligned with these virtual concepts that define women into different categories due to their physical appearance? How much importance should be given to what others think about our bodies? Should we care for our body or punish it as it is different from the so-called standards defined by society and face physical and emotional distress?

We just have one body and we need to live in it till we live. We can not exchange or get a new one like the consumables we purchase and discard. Do you think twice before eating whether it is doing any good to the body or not? But, won’t you look for a better gas station to fuel the car that you use and sell, buy a new one in a few years? We go for the best fuel for our vehicle to keep the engine running well.

What does our body need? Some good food regularly, little exercise, and body movements as it is built for walking, not sitting, and a certain level of happiness and peace of mind. However busy we are, we need to take some time and resource for this to maintain our health. A healthy body and a healthy mind are inseparable and give us the confidence to live better.

I agree that we do not have complete control of our health. But at least one should focus to retain the existing health and improving it further. By focusing on one step at a time to improve our health ( good to combine with self-development also which could be a topic for another blog), we can avoid the negativism surrounding us. Why compare yourself with others? When you are confident that you are on track to regain your health, care for your body, no need to worry about the stereotypes created by society.

You are unique, with your body and mind. Forget about the molds created by the media and society to restrict you. Focus on being a better version of yourself and be you. Take ownership of your life, spend time and effort to realize the path you want to choose, and just go for it!

—Anitha KC

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