Did you hear the one about the plastic surgeon who transformed a woman into the “perfect” female and then married her?
She went under his knife for multiple procedures including liposuction in several places, Botox and a vaginoplasty. She says he loves her for who she is inside.
Sounds like a bad joke, but apparently it’s true.
I feel bad for Veronica but worse for her nine-year-old daughter Isabella, who says she will never have surgery because she wants to be herself. I hope she can stick to her pledge, especially when she’s a teenager in that household.
To be perfect, or to be whole
Her refurbished mother is now “perfect”, without flaw or irregularity of any kind — befitting a culture that equates perfection with wholeness, with being complete.
But who among us is immune to the idea of making a body image “tweak” here or there?
Our culture is fixated on perfect 10s and we are reminded every day of where we fall short. Add some years to the mix and you’ve got a perfect storm of temptation.
When my daughter was little she would watch me put on makeup and say, “You are perfect mommy, just the way you are.” I sometimes wished I believed it as much as she did.
Recently I came across a video in which actress Jane Fonda talks about how she became bulimic as a young woman to get a slim, perfect looking body.
But “we are not meant to be perfect, we are meant to be whole,” she says.
Her words have stayed with me ever since.
What does it mean to be whole?
To be whole means to be at peace with yourself, in harmony with who you are, imperfections included.
The process of becoming whole takes place gradually, on the inside; your outside packaging has nothing to do with it.
Your bullshit detector
When you feel whole you are operating from a strong inner core of self-respect and self-love. What is good for you, and what is not, becomes very clear.
Your inner bullshit detector goes off whenever anyone tries to marginalize you, put you down or renovate you.
Being whole, or evolving in that direction (and we’re all a work in progress), means you start to outgrow those unhealthy relationships.
You tire of being hurt. You begin to let go of, and eventually walk away from, anyone who doesn’t treat you with the respect you deserve.
Being whole has a lot in common with being a brat:
Never let anyone drag you down instead of lifting you up.
c 2013 Kathy Barthel