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Today, we hear repeatedly that we should be comfortable as we are – that beauty is only skin deep. But how easy or difficult is it to heed this mantra?
You all proclaim this mantra repeatedly
Be comfortable in your skin, be carefree
Accept your body as you are
Disregard critics, and you will go far..
As a woman trying to find my place
In a world that still judges me by my face
And other physical attributes I care not to mention
Being comfortable in my body is a tough decision
What’s more, honestly, judgment is a two-way street
I have to remind myself whenever I repeat
That criticism of others which I dislike levelled at me
I try hard, yet physical attributes are what I see
There are days when my weight, height, colour, all disappear
Beneath the exhilaration of an achievement in my career
Yet when I am downcast, my thoughts invariably
Turn towards all that is physically “not right” with me
All successful women in media portrayed
Are tall, slim, well-dressed- the impression thus made
Is that beauty and success are synonymous
Looking impeccable is necessary, not just a plus
I am still trying but the negative reinforcement
Significant barriers does present
In unconditional acceptance of myself, I must say
Maybe with grey hair I shall develop this skill one day…
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