While in front of the mirror I see
The imperfect reflection of me
The expectations of society
To be thin, clear skinned, to be pretty
If I’m not a size one, two, or three
It doesn’t matter if I feel happy
It only matters what “they” see
And what they see is what I see in that mirror
Not all days, but some, where I entertain the ideas I’m not good enough
Not tan enough, not thin enough, not tall enough
But not 20 seconds later, I shake my head and say,
“Enough is enough.”
Why would I listen to a society who speaks out of
both sides of their mouth?
A society who says “Love you for you”
But then turns around and says
“You’re lacking. Try this makeup hue.
Wear these clothes, try these shoes.
Be more like that model, that actress, that popular one
Diet, exercise, buy this, buy that, For the love of God, RUN!
Then you’ll be happy, you’ll be loved,
you’ll finally meet someone.”
A girl could go nuts if she listened to that smack
No matter what she does there’s always a lack:
Beauty, intelligence, popularity
All wrapped up in expectations of society
So it’s best if we all just back away from the media
The constant bombardment of “beauty” routine obedience
Clear our heads of the negativity and start living a life worth remembering
Not because of what we wore, how we looked, or how much we weighed
But how we loved, how we served, the kindness we displayed
Because at the end of the day, however many we live
what really matters isn’t what will eventually fade.
What really matters are the friends and those we helped along the way
Let society talk with its tongue in its cheek
True happiness is within and this is what we’ll seek
With all that we are and all that we possess
We can live lives that are full, free, and blessed.
*Featured image: Axel Naud