I think we’ve all been there, we all know pressures of getting the ideal figure. Whether it is from the media or from one person each of us had experienced the emphasis we put on your appearances. The primary form of judgement stems from your actual physique (i.e. your nose is crooked or your thighs touch). Yet, we take these criticisms to heart and consciously do our best to change them. With over 14.6 million cosmetic plastic surgeries in 2013 we are conforming to be what society deems as correct. For obvious reasons this is wrong both mentally and physically.
Let’s take a look at Dumbo, an innocent elephant brought by a stork into the circus. From a young age Dumbo faced one problem he had unusually large ears for an elephant. With the constant ridiculing by the crowds come to watch the circus his mother was deemed mad trying to protect him from the insults. Although seeming all alone Dumbo finally caught a break making friends with a circus mouse. Working together they discovered that Dumbos’s unusually large ears had a silver lining, He could Fly. Yes, the poor elephant who was mocked by almost everyone had a talent that was incomparable to anyone else.
Although Dumbo was different and wasn’t an Ideal elephant with the perfect body image he was himself, and that was all it took to become one of the most celebrated Elephants in the Circus. As Dr Seuss put it best, “Be who you are, say what you think, because those who matter don’t mind and those who mind don’t matter.”