THESE DAYS...WE MUST DO OUR BEST AND LEARN TO IGNORE...THE REST.
I never expected life to stay “frozen” in-time but—who could have-ever imagined that “Classy and Elegant, Attractive, and Physically- Appealing would be so rudely- replaced with what I see today and every day from---- Walmart to Olive Garden; from the Bank to the Doctor’s Office. Unattractive bodies--- un-dressed in outrageous outfits--- are everywhere. Our once-beautiful world has been “invaded” by tacky-cheap-ugly.
Even Television is “over-run” with ugliness. Using the remote, I’m able to click-beyond the brainless Reality Shows and suggestive Soap-Opera Serials…and the disgusting “Junk” but…I have no choice when it comes to what’s on full-public display, every day. Who can ignore the huge-floppy breasts, bouncing stomachs, and jiggling/flabby butts spilling-- over and under-- tights and tank tops? Who can avoid the beasty-looking men with ratty pony-tails, tasteless tattoos,and bad teeth ….who strut around grocery stores in low-riding cutoffs--completely shirtless--proudly displaying their multiple tattoos, huge bellies, even exhibiting their hairy butt-cracks?!?!
In the Fifties and Sixties, most-everyone believed APPEARANCE was everything. We were judged by how we looked, how we dressed, the impeccable manners we demonstrated, and how we treated others. Women took pride in keeping a clean and orderly house and….most women began every day with their hair, neatly styled; their faces carefully “made-up”, and attractively-dressed--- even when they cooked, cleaned, and did yardwork. Those were the days when no respectable woman would have answered the door without being properly dressed and wearing red lipstick.
In the fifties, men were as particular about their appearances-- as women. Men were almost-always cleanly- shaved, nicely dressed, and always had their shoes polished. Most men aspired to be seen as GENTLEMEN by demonstrating proper manners at all times. I don’t remember any man from my past--whether he was a businessman, a banker, the yardman or even the plumber-- looking sloppy, ill-kept, or shabbily-dressed.
I have an excellent memory so I’d certainly remember if any males or females-- from my past—had-ever proudly-displayed their “nasty-fat bellies, embarrassingly-big breasts or spongy fat-butts”-- EVER! Too bad I can’t say that about the males and females of this generation.
I find it insulting that people today blatantly show too-much of their worst features. Why haven’t they learned that being well-dressed can hide the “ugly and distasteful” while accenting the good?!?!? And, what ever happened to being a "role model" for others?!?!?!
Statistics show that people weigh far-more today than in the fifties. It’s also true that people eat more today, exercise less, and actually….don’t give a damn about being fatter, less healthy, and less-attractive.
I’m convinced that--- besides eating more food, overweight people also consume more drugs. The combination is lethal. Drugs cause side effects that include food cravings. Also, many of today’s meats and vegetables have been treated with hormones and additives to improve their look, taste, and shelf-life and….these additions upset the body’s chemistry. As a result, one out of every three people is over-weight. Compared to other generations, today's teenagers are heavier than other teenagers at the same age. Obesity is NOW the new normal.
Okay, I know my limitations. I certainly can't solve the World's Problems, regardless of what I write, think, or say. Clearly, I can't make people care about their appearances or motivate people to improve their attitudes toward good manners, a classic look, or a simple elegance. But, if anyone--other than me-- still cares about life’s Traditional Values…I suggest we start concentrating on ourselves and simply ignore the rest.
Let’s schedule definite times to: Eat, Exercise, Work and Play--- Every-Day. Let’s commit to keeping our looks AND our attitudes classic, positive, smart, and consistent. Above All…let’s concentrate on pleasing ourselves…rather than pleasing others.
Let’s set a goal of accomplishing ONE GOAL every day…something like…washing the car, completing a daily to-do list, visiting a sick or dying friend, hanging a picture, planting a tree, OR writing a chapter-- a story--or finishing YOUR AUTOBIOGRAPHY.
Most importantly: We must keep-looking in the mirror, every day, and loving the person looking back at us. And, we can’t forget to “reward ourselves” for each accomplishment. For me--Chocolate Kisses are the greatest reward but--only a few!