Embracing Your Quirkiness: Why You Shouldn’t Compare Yourself to Those in Magazines (and Have a Good Laugh Instead!)

Jul 5, 2023 | Being Kind to Yourself

When reading magazines or scrolling through social media, remember to have a little fun with how "perfect" everything seems. We need to embrace ourselves, our quirkiness, embrace our inner unicorns.

The other day, I was looking through some fitness magazines and started to feel bad about myself. For several reasons:

  • Everyone was more fit that I was
  • It seemed that those who talked about their day didn’t have to be in an office or in front of their computers by 8 am
  • No one had a budget for food or clothing or beauty accessories
  • They had all the time in the world to do whatever

Then, I had to stop and remember who I am, take a look inside, and have a good laugh. While those models may look or give a perfect interview, I wondered how often their perfect days really do happen.  Because, we all know that we are all hot messes, in a world that many people still use filters to cover up.

Have you ever flipped through a magazine and found yourself thinking, “Why don’t I look like that?” Or, “Why can she do that and I will never be able to have that life?” Or, whatever else makes you do a double take on self-doubt?

Let me share this with you – comparing yourself to those airbrushed, perfectly posed magazine models is like comparing a delicious pizza to a plastic fruit display. It’s time to strap in, put on our goggles and explore why we should embrace our quirkiness instead of aspiring to be magazine clones.

Those “Unreal”istic Beauty Standards

We all know that magazines have a magical way of making anyone look like they belong in a parallel universe of perfection. But guess what? That universe doesn’t exist! Really, it doesn’t. Flawless skin tones, gravity-defying hair, and hourglass figures are the product of skilled makeup artists, stylists, and countless filters. Besides, who is really creating the standard that we are all to live by? And, why, after all of this time, do we still buy into it? It’s like comparing apples to alien spaceships! Let’s celebrate the beauty of our imperfections and rock what we’ve got. Because, really, what matters most is that we are healthy!

Embrace Your Inner Unicorn

Each one of us is a unique and magnificent creature. It’s time to unleash your inner unicorn and flaunt your individuality. Have freckles? They’re your constellation of cuteness! Rocking glasses? You’re a sexy scholar! Whether you’re tall, short, curvy, or slender, remember that diversity is what makes the world go round. So, let’s sprinkle some glitter on our self-esteem and embrace the magic of being ourselves. No judging, just celebrating!

Laughter is the Best Filter

Instead of feeling down about not fitting into a mold created by some magazine editor or perfect Instagram post, let’s laugh it off! Gather your friends, have a photoshoot with silly poses and goofy faces, and create your own magazine cover. Remember, the only filter you need is a good sense of humor! It’s time to embrace the joy of being yourself and let laughter be the soundtrack to your self-acceptance journey. And, when you do it with friends, it allows for compliments to flow, giving us all a little more glow!

Rewrite the Beauty Script

By not comparing ourselves to those glossy magazine spreads or social media feeds, we are rewriting the beauty script. We’re saying no to unrealistic standards and paving the way for a world that celebrates uniqueness and authenticity. Let’s redefine beauty on our own terms and show the world that real beauty shines from within, accompanied by a t   winkle in the eye and a genuine smile.

In a world where there are a lot of comparisons with perfect photos to scroll through or glossy magazine covers, it’s easy to fall into the trap of comparison. Honestly, it is time to not take ourselves too seriously! Embracing our quirkiness, celebrating our individuality, and having a good laugh at the expense of those who created unrealistic beauty standards is the secret to a happier and more authentic life.

So, my fellow beauties, let’s toss those magazines aside, stand tall with a goofy grin, and show the world what real beauty looks like—one fabulous, unique, and lighthearted step at a time! It is time to show the world how radiant we are, no filters, no perfect schedules, just us.