There is no magic wand

There is no magic wand

I keep seeing these television shows where an individual gets an extreme makeover, resulting in a change from drab to dazzling. Often times, it involves a change of clothes, a haircut and some serious grooming. This individual then raves about how his or her life has been transformed. Fun to watch, but is it really possible for their entire lives to be transformed in such a short time?

Granted the makeover will increase self-confidence and the like, but I believe if the underlying issues are not dealt with, no progress has been made. Going with a self-image theme, even supermodels, celebrities and famous folks have issues and some may result to drugs and experience eating disorders (anorexia, bulimia), amongst others. A makeover doesn’t guarantee self-love.

Over the years I have been in contact with different people with their differences and sometimes noticed collective similarities between these people. I will just highlight one a couple of personalities I have noticed recently.

There is the person who because of love or friendship would go through any means to change certain things about himself or herself. This can mean someone suddenly realising the need to lose weight just for the purpose of attracting a love interest or to fit into a clique. All he or she wants is love and acceptance.

Another person continually feels down and in the dumps with feelings of not being good enough. He or she sees everyone around falling in love, living happy, content and successful lives and that causes some form of depression. This person can spend so much time wishing for another person’s life and become increasingly discontent with his/her own situation.

These kind of issues cannot go away just like that; self-love takes more time than a six hour makeover. I believe it is a conscious effort to accept your strengths and flaws. It is also the decision to grow by working on any personal flaws.

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