Monday, July 30, 2007

Inward Tranquility

Monday, July 30, 2007
Ralph Waldo Emerson once remarked:

I have heard with admiring submission the experience of the lady who declared that the sense of being perfectly well-dressed gives a feeling of inward tranquility which religion is powerless to bestow.

As I was leafing through a back issue of Cosmo and waiting for the rebonding chemicals to work their magic on my hair, I began to wonder why some women undergo all these beauty rituals - the shiny, silky hair, the flawless makeup, the perfect attire. It’s probably not purely for vanity’s sake. Rather, it’s a way of pampering ourselves or a way dealing with the banal frustrations of daily life. It’s also a way of unabashedly affirming our worth, our identities, and our idiosyncrasies as women. Contrary to popular belief, it is not for others. It is more for ourselves. It is neither about calling attention to ourselves nor about entrapping some guy out there. It is a way of taking control of how we want others to perceive us – feminine yet strong, confident and put together, nothing-fazes-me sort of women.

Is it being superficial? Probably. That is, if the woman has nothing else to offer and nothing else to worry about but her looks.


Kayni said...

Very true! I get a haircut to feel good about myself. I don't really care much about what other people think anyway.

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