All I Want for Christmas is a Mermaid Tail
If you could change one thing about your body, what would it be?
If you’re like most people, one of two responses probably popped into your head. Perhaps, like many women over 60, your instinct was to say “Nothing! I love my body exactly as it is.” Or, maybe your mind immediately jumped to your hips, skin, nose or another physical feature.
Regardless of your initial reaction to this question, there is no doubt that body-image is an important concept at every age. After all, we spend our lives looking in the mirror – figuratively and literally. Most of the time, we feel like we know who we really are. Our positive traits seem unquestionable and our flaws unavoidable. But is that really true? Does the world really see us as we see ourselves?
I recently watched a video that made me think twice about the concept of body image. In the video, 25 kids and 25 adults were asked what they would change about their bodies. As you might have guessed, the adults focused mostly on improving perceived flaws. The children’s responses were magical. Before I give away too much, please watch the video.
Didn’t you love the way that the kids asked for aspirational body parts – like wings, pointy ears (someone’s been watching too much Lord of the Rings!) cheetah legs or a mermaid’s tail?
What happens to us when we get a little bit older? Why do we find it so hard to love our bodies in all of their wonderful complexity? Personally, I think that these kids have a lot to teach us!
So, here are a few questions that I would love to ask you and the other women in our community.
What would you like to change about your body? Would you like a mermaid’s tail? Or, is there a small feature that you would like to improve in some other way? Also, do you think that it gets easier or harder to accept ourselves as we get a little older? Please add your thoughts in the comments section below.