As some of you may know I work in a nursing home. I work in activities, so I have a lot of interaction with the residents. In these interactions I have really learned a lot about the differences in the generations. Most recently I was sitting with a resident who was looking over some magazines. One magazine in particular caught her eye. It was one that had the actress who plays Kate from This is Us on the cover. The title was "learning to love myself." The resident didn't really seem to comprehend what exactly the title meant. To her there was no question about loving oneself, so she questioned why someone would have to learn how to love themselves. I explained to her that the actress is a large woman and has had body and self-esteem issues. Being overweight she has had to learn how to be comfortable in her own body and deal with what the media and others feel is appropriate and inappropriate. Again the resident was a bit confused. She didn't understand why the woman had issues with her body image.
It was in this moment I really thought about how the media today really has an affect on anyone. When these residents were growing up they didn't have all the social media and television and everything that today's generations have. They weren't being pushed from all directions to have the perfect body. They weren't being disgraced for not having the body that society felt was perfect. They were allowed to be themselves and didn't have all the types of media telling them what was wrong and what was right. Today we have too much pressure to have what society deems the perfect body. We should be allowed to be ourselves. We shouldn't have so much pressure that we have to learn to love ourselves, it should be able to come naturally. We should be allowed to be happy in our body no matter how big or little we are. We shouldn't be judged on our looks no matter what. Why can't we go back to when people were free to live without judgement on their looks and weight? Can't we be allowed to love ourselves naturally and not need to learn to deal with who we are?
The gap between generations is growing bigger every day. Our society and the way it views things is getting out of control. With all the various social medias we have, we have allowed others to take control of our lives. We no longer have control over our own lives. We let others control how we look, what we eat, what we do in our lives, what we wear, and even how we parent our children. What has our society become? Is this what we really want?
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Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Sizing Up The Generations "Through Thick and Thin"
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I completely agree! It’s sad how the media & society portrays women & beauty in general.ReplyDelete
It really is terribleDelete
My family's business used to be a 55+ community with manufactured homes and I did all the parties and socials so I can totally relate to this! I give you praise for being in a nursing home. I'm sure it's wonderful and hard all at the same time. But it's so amazing what our generation can learn from them! I love the mutual lessons we used to teach each other. I think the older generation can be stuck in their ways, but they are also very insightful. They truly lived in a time where the media didn't control their thoughts and I envy them for that.ReplyDelete
I too envy them. Although I love using social media to eb in contact with friends and family I long for a time when it didnt control our thoughts and feelingsDelete
such great insight my friend! im sure its really difficult like so many others aid but they truly lived in a time, like katherine said, where social media wasnt everywhere.ReplyDelete
thank you. yes it really is great learning from them, but hard when we loose one you cant help but get close to the residentsDelete
SUCH good thoughts - and so true. Social media has changed SO much.ReplyDelete