Eat the cake
Growing up a millennial is great for plenty of reasons, having the whole wide web at our fingertips is just one of the benefits of the age of technology. One thing I have come to realize this new age is not great for, is the self-esteem of young people.
Beauty standards have risen to a whole new level in the 21st century. Women must be tall and stick thin, men must have defined muscles and everyone has the most flawless of skin. If only the Hollywood standards could just stay in Hollywood, but in the age of technology, these standards are plastered everywhere you look. Watching your favourite TV show? The commercials are loaded with models telling you what you need to buy. Grocery shopping? Magazines are laid out promising you results from the most recent weight loss fad. Scrolling through social media? You can guarantee they'll be there too.
What happened to the beauty standards that Marilyn Monroe set out for us? One where women had curves and were proud of their bodies, they were healthy and happy. How has our society warped these standards into the sickly thin women we see in magazines and on screen today? Women should be urged to be healthy and embrace their natural beauty; tall, short, thick, thin, blonde, brunette, freckles, light skin, dark skin, they are all beautiful and don't need to rise to the standards set out.
As a younger person, I fell victim to the unrealistic standards that were thrown at me. All I wanted was to be as thin as the women on TV. I don't know how many times there was a family gathering for someone's birthday and I didn't eat the cake. Celebrating anniversaries, graduations and accomplishments and I didn't eat the cake. I chose not to celebrate fully with my family because I wanted to live up to these standards. As I became an adult, I came to realize that the beauty portrayed from Hollywood isn't real beauty. Real beauty is being confident in your own skin, striving to be healthy and embracing your inner beauty as well as your outer.
So, to all the young people that are trying to live up to these standards like I once did, know that you are beautiful just the way you are. Don't strive to be perfect, strive to be healthy and happy. And please, please... eat the cake.