I am not this woman. Nor will I ever be. I could torture myself for not having her 5’11’’ willowy frame or for the daylight that cannot be seen streaming between my thighs when I walk. I could curse my reflection for a lack of sinewy arms and a concave stomach. I could beat myself bloody for the dewy, pore-less skin and silky, disgustingly thick hair that I’ll never have. I could pout endlessly that I am not a supermodel…
I could accept that I was born a normal girl to a normal middle-class family in the middle of normal America. It was not my lot in life to strut down catwalks in the latest fashions, party like a rock star drinking champagne until 3 a.m. and sleep past noon for that necessary “beauty rest.” Personal trainers, chefs, estheticians, dieticians and all kinds of other “ticians” are not at my beckon call.
It was my lot in life to go to college, get an 8 to 5 job, slurp my coffee from a travel mug given to me by the bank when I opened my meager account, grab Subway on the go for my “power lunch” and watch episodes of The Office while folding laundry in my modest 2 bed/2 bath house. This was my lot… just like the other 90% of America. OK, I don’t honestly know the actual statistics. But there is some kind of ridiculous majority out there living exactly like I do.
Our idea of a good time is tailgating before watching a baseball or football game and eating pizza and drinking beer with our equally normal friends after its over. If we’re fortunate, the occasional tropical, exotic or adventurous escape is something to enjoy and forever cherish… all the while knowing—as we sit at that charming café or under that umbrella at the beach—that this is, in fact, NOT OUR REALITY. Our reality is lurking just around the corner… waiting to kick our ass upon our immediate return.
But it’s not all bad. I get to exist on more than egg whites and sugar free Red Bull for a daily diet. There is no punishment or excommunication for gaining 5 pounds while on vacation and not taking it off for another 6 months. There is no paparazzi camped outside my home waiting to snap a picture of my all-of-the-sudden-suspiciously-fat butt or catch me in some compromising situation. And no one looks at me cross-eyed for sporting last year’s trends.
I don’t know why we as women are so hard on ourselves for not looking like we stepped from between the pages of Vogue. No one asks us to. No one expects us to. We do it to ourselves. Maybe some of us do it to each other. But really… It is NOT our job. Our job is just to be “normal” so that they can be “super” — and what in the world could be wrong with that?
Now… would I trade places with her if given the chance by my fairy godmother? Probably. But until then… I’ll just get the towels out of the dryer and reach for another slice of pizza… and the remote.
11 thoughts on “Supernormal?”
Love it! How true.
…and since perception is everything, don’t think for one moment that there isn’t a super model out there that would really like to trade places with YOU.
I for one happen to like the not so normal, normal you 🙂
Aw, you’re lovely. And the light streaming through that girl’s thighs is not a good thing.
Thank you 😉 You are too sweet. I swear none of this was an attempt at garnering compliments… but yours was too kind not to address. And AMEN that the leg-thing probably isn’t healthy. Sometimes it might be fun to try on for size thought 😛 haha
Love the post! We may be normal but we are exceptional, intelligent and sexy women too:)
Light bah! who need it? 🙂 A friend once described me as a woman from a house where they eat and drink… I kind of liked that…
Hmmm… I like that too! “A house where they eat and drink!” Cheers!
You’re beautiful as you are, if your “normal” photo is anything to go by!!
Aww… Thank you so much. The post wasn’t intended to get compliments, only that I need to be OK with “normal” 😉 But I am so glad you stopped by and I hope to see you again. I visited your blog a bit ago and I look forward to reading more of your writing!
Those strange stick creatures on the catwalk are over-rated.