Comparison Is The Thief Of Joy

It’s that time of the year again. Yes the Holidays but almost equally as coveted, the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. This is the time of year we are indulging a little more, maybe moving a little less (I know I do! I HATE freezing my but off outside!) So what’s a girl to do? Well I’ve heard some of my friends protest that they will never eat again and start working out for at least two hours every single day. I mean you could do that, I’ll be over here on the comfy couch with my chocolate taking wagers as to how long it’ll take you to burn out. I give it a week. So realistically what can we do? How about we take a look at the cold hard facts. Shall we?

1. Those women are all at least 5’9″ and ectomorphs. They’re bodies are designed to be slim. It is even reported that Candace ate a chocolate croissant right before strutting her stuff down the catwalk. So even if you starve yourself (no buttery delicious chocolate croissants for you!) you won’t look like them. So Candace gets carbs and sugar and you get misery, sounds fun. I’m 5’2″ and a mesomorph naturally; I attempted willing my body into thinking it was an ectomorph and four years later I’m still paying the price for the mental and physical toll it took on me. Love. yourself.

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2. THEY don’t even look like that normally! Some of them have admitted to liquid fasting for days, water depleting, and exercising way more then normal for the show. Not to mention, professional tan, hair, make up, laser hair removal, beautiful outfits. Does that sound plausible to you? Even they know it is not maintainable and if you see these women on their “off-season” you’ll know that while they’re still tall and beautiful there is cellulite, a small pooch, and bedhead.

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3. It’s artwork. That’s how I look at it and why I like to watch it. It is living breathing art! Those costumes? Those wings! And oh my goodness those shoes. It’s like a fun fantasy world, nothing about it strikes me as every day life or something I would want as my every day life. So enjoy it for what it is, then move on.

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4. You are made perfectly in His divine image. I know not everyone is religious so I will not delve into this too deeply, but even if you don’t have a God or Higher Being that you believe in, it helps to think how lucky you are to be born exactly as you are. Do you have a bed, food, good health? That’s an incredible thing and not as common as we all like to believe. You are so lucky to even be. It is incredible how out of all the possibilities, you were born as you are into the family you were and at the time that you were. I don’t believe in fate per se, but certain things like being born are miracles no matter what.

So this season, I’ll be doing nothing differently because I live my life for myself and my Creator. I will curl up with my puppy and enjoy the chocolate that I eat every day as usual as I watch the show.

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2 thoughts on “Comparison Is The Thief Of Joy

  1. I don’t understand why people get so obsessed and jealous over the VS fashion show! I mean, sure, they have awesome bodies, but that’s their JOB! There’s no sense in comparing yourself to them, and it doesn’t make sense to say you’re going to starve yourself or work out excessively to try and get to that impossible standard! I wish people would just accept that that’s what the models’ bodies are like, yours is what yours is like, and the two aren’t related! Just love your own body for whatever it is

    1. Thanks so much for reading! I agree! Every single person (including the angels) have a different body! It’s amazing how in our culture it has become such an industry the diet ad exercise markets create so much revenue! I love what you say about it being their job, it’s so true. I actually tried watching this year and got bored! Hah, oh well 🙂

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