Saturday, August 6, 2011
Inner or outer beauty - which one?
As I begin the downhill run to the big 4..0, I'm aware that I'm taking my wrinkles and my few extra kilos with me. To me that's life, that's who I am and while they're a reminder of the fact that I'm ........gasp....... getting 'older', they're there and I'm not going to change them, well not through un-natural means anyway.
The news this week is full of pictures of Shane Warne, who some of you may not know (famous for his cricket playing for Australia and also for his not so private antics) and the 'amazing' transformation he's undergone. Well sorry but - yuck - the guy looks so plastic and disgusting that I can't begin to imagine who actually thinks he looks good.
He's not alone though, too many people across the world 'transform' their exterior with the belief that they look better and more attractive. Now before everyone jumps on me, let me point out that 'beauty is in the eye of the beholder' and I understand that everyone has a different view of what is attractive - so maybe my opinion of him is wrong.
The thing is I'm a huge believer in beauty coming from within. People who have inner beauty shine and will outdo a physically attractive person in the long run. Sadly society puts too much importance on appearance and too little on what's inside.
A person who cares about others, is honest, self respecting and confident in themselves will be on my list of people I want to know better, rather than someone who looks plastic and cares more about what others think and doesn't give two hoots about other people's feelings.
So to Mr Plastic Fantastic who is world renowned for having cheated on his wife and for sending lewd text messages to numerous women - perhaps you should have started on the inner you rather than the outer you.
Personally (and it's my personal view, so no-one has to necessarily agree with me) I like my man to be a man, the tan comes from being in the great outdoors and the healthy build from genuine physical work not some diet shake. How he treats me, his family and his friends, his sense of fairness and his work ethic are ten times more important anyway.
I'll let you be the judge (because I've been known to get it wrong) - the before and after photos of Shane Warne are below. Personally, I think there was absolutely nothing wrong with the way he looked previously - as I say, what's on the inside counts for more in the long run anyway.
My final thought - I'm proud to be me, with my wrinkles and my few extra kilos because I'm keeping it real and working on the beauty within. What about you?
It's [beauty] a kind of radiance. People who possess a true inner beauty, their eyes are a little brighter, their skin a little more dewy. They vibrate at a different frequency ~ Cameron Diaz
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Posted by Fiona Biedermann