What’s wrong with our self-image?

I was just organising some old photos when I came across pics of myself when I was 16, 20, 24, and 27. Now that I look back, I think I looked so beautiful. I was never skinny or super model pretty, but I really had nothing to complain about. Why is it that when I think back to the times those photos were taken I remember thinking that I was chubby? Why did I ever feel unattractive? How is it that when I look in the mirror now, all I see is my big bum, random gray hair in my pony tail and the start of wrinkles around my eyes? Why can’t I look at myself now and think I’m as pretty as I inevitably will in five years when I look back at photos of myself in 2009?

I know I’m not alone. Why are (most) women so stupid when it comes to the way we look? How many times do you hear your girlfriends complain about how fat or ugly they look? I know that if I say something like that, I don’t do it for attention. I mean it. I believe it. And then when I think back on it, I feel like a complete idiot. Something tells me that it will just get worse as I get older and I actually have a head of gray hair and crows feet around my eyes…

Is there something in our genetic makeup that make us women so self-critical? Is it a product of today’s pop culture? Seriously, I’m asking. What is wrong with women today? Why can’t we just be happy with ourselves?

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Magda Walczak

Always hungry. Nuts for dogs. Love to travel. I write about marketing, food, web, travel and whatever else strikes my fancy.

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