Coco Channel said, “Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself.” Don’t try to look and/or act like someone you think is perfect. Nobody’s perfect. If anybody tries to make you think so, they’re wrong.

Body’s come in all shapes and sizes. There is no right or wrong size. The sooner we break down the walls that separate the barbie dolls and magazine images from real people, the sooner more people will begin to realize that.

Coco Channel said, "Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself." Don't try to look like or act like someone you think is perfect. Nobody's perfect.

Teenage girls with their stick-thin bodies and bright skin become curvier in their mid 20s to early 30s. Somewhere in that time, after they’ve given birth for the first time, their bodies start to shift. College and/or career and motherhood keep them awake longer hours. Their bright skin and rosy cheeks start to change. Dark circles appear. Hips widen and bellies expand.

Then come the 40s. This is a glorious decade! Not so young anymore but not yet old. Wiser. Knowing. Slightly amused yet empathetic when those younger than you think their troubles are insurmountable.

As the 50s approach, hormones start to do something not so nice. Whatever the shift is, it beckons the weight to hop on for a long ride. Those who are disciplined enough to work out on a regular basis aren’t so burdened with this (not all of them anyway – sometimes you can’t fight genetics).

Genetics! Argue all you want about genetics having anything to do with your weight. It’s a fact! Genetics also determine when your skin will start to wrinkle and how much. This is one gene I’m glad is working in my favor! I am less than half a year away from 50, and I don’t have wrinkles yet. I hope announcing that out loud doesn’t jinx me!

No matter what your age or your genetics, own them! Accept them! Be yourself … as you are!

Written by Sheila K

I don't believe humans truly have a purpose. Our goal is to survive until we expire. Period. Joy is pleasurable and worrying is not. Balance in life is crucial; but if the scales must tip, may they tip on the side of joy. I’m just another human trying to survive. I blog because I can and because I enjoy it, not because it serves any purpose.

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