"If you could change one thing about your body, what would it be?"
According to the world, our outward appearances can always be improved. Magazines and other doctored images give us unattainable levels of perfection to live up to. Plastic surgery is readily available to change our perceived flaws and inadequacies — our noses, stomachs, eyes, breasts, lips.
But is money the only cost of these changes?
This video first shows us the answers of adults who were asked, "If you could change one thing about your body, what would it be?" From height and facial features to skin and stretch marks, the answers ranged across the board. These things that make us unique — often results of what we've been through — are the things we most often want to change.
However, the same question, when asked to younger children, brought very different, very humbling answers. One child wanted a mermaid tail. Another wanted shark teeth so he could "eat lots of food." Pointy ears, wings, teleportation abilities... How differently children view themselves before the world taints them! One girl even remarked, "I like my body, actually."
It is important for us to believe and to teach our children that we all have beauty, inside and out. We are unique in the way we look and the things that we are good at. We aren't meant to look like runway models or magazine images.
Wendy is a regular contributor for familyshare.com and does media reviews. Website: https://survivorshopeandhealing.wordpress.com/ for victims of sexual abuse. Blog: https://wendyejessen.wordpress.com Twitter: @WendyJessen