Tuesday, November 15, 2011

True Beauty Is In The Eye Of The Beholder? If Only It Always Was.

Whats the first thing you saw when you saw the above picture?      For me it was the magazine in the little girls lap.  Second that the girl was staring at herself in the mirror as if she was disappointed with what she saw and third that  she looks about 11-13 years of age. So young.

   How many magazines out there are left right in front of little children to see and think   "Gosh, that's how I should look when I'm older!"
They are left with the impression that they will look exactly like this or that. And you know what for me that's one of the worst things a little kid can think.  Each child, each person young or old is beautiful. Is unique is beautiful.                                         And looking at this picture makes me want to take that little girl in my arms and tell her that shes gorgeous, shes beautiful and that I want to her to always try to be herself and not think off what the media or critical, hurtful; people say to her. She is beautiful, but she doesn't see that. She sees that her lips aren't so, her eyes aren't such and such and that her face is shaped wrong etcetra, etcetra and the list goes on and what is she left feeling? That she beautiful? That she is  lovely? No! She is left feeling disappointed, self conscious and ugly.  
           In our modern society the above reaction to comparing oneself to a picture from a magazine is all to common.   Children are being taught and told to wear and do things at much younger ages. Girls ( and boys to )  wearing clothing that make them look like teenagers and they behave exactly as they think teenagers should.  What age am I talking about? Oh, if we're being generous I'd like to say eight but lets say the instruction starts when they are 5.  Horrible I know. 
                             When I was 8 I only cared about finishing my school as soon as possible so as to play outside on the trampoline or ride my bike or play Pirates or Indians. Or read a book.      Yet, how may kids do those things now days? Not many lots spend their lives in front of a screen. A screen which projects them with false senses to many things not just their looks, how to act in certain situations. Which lets face it on most screen things movies/TV shows/ computer games etc  gives a wrong take or view on most things.  
                                           In short I want (and wish) the magazines in shops were children are going to be where behind the counter away from their innocent eyes.  Which is how it should be, such things which are mostly filled with evil or unloving thoughts about people should be behind the counter with the cigarettes.             Children are only children for so long and then they spend the rest of their lives as adults. I'm going to do my best to try to make the world more child friendly. How about you?

I really want to give that poor little girl a hug, snatch that magazine away from her and tell her she beautiful . That poor little kid. :(  



Jessica said...

that's why i love norman rockwell! this painting made me so sad, but it's the truth, and everyone should see it.

Olive said...


Gae said...

My dear Autumn,
What a beautiful and wise young woman you are.
It is sad that the world wants to take our little children's innocence away from these special souls and why I am such a believer in editing and monitoring our home environment.
Children are a gift and should be treasured for who they are each one unique and beautiful
Great thought provoking post, keep 'em coming
Love Mummy

Vellvin said...

That is so true!

the girl named Bleah said...

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Hope Adela Pasztor said...

I love that picture! I always felt like that when I was little...it's nice to be all grown up and pretty now! =)


Autumn said...

Thank you all soooo much for commenting on this post! I really didn't expect to get many if any comments on this one at all!

Raewyn said...

Lovely, dear. You put it beautifully...that picture captured my attention. How often I've done the same thing! Thanks for sharing. :)

Autumn said...

Raewyn: Thank you very much for commenting!