The semester glass is half empty with summer quickly approaching. In today’s society, American men and women are held to unbelievably high standards. The bar is even higher for people here in California. Thank goodness we don’t have that problem here at CBU, right? Wrong.

Movies, books, magazines, pop culture and the media paint pictures of the ideal human figure. Men are supposed to be at least 5’10 with hard rock abs and a strong jaw line. Women should be tall, bronze and able to hula hoop through a Cheerio. These are all opinions, and, although they may be widespread, they are not laws. There is no publication that states that you have to be a certain height, weight, or have a particular body type to be attractive or accepted.

No one is perfect, only God! With that being said, we need to accept things that we cannot change. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard someone say, “I have to lose this weight before summer” or “I have to get my sexy back.” I never knew sexy was missing. At times we all get caught up in worldly things or themes but we must remember that our mission has nothing to do with our looks. I am 5’7 and will not be growing any in the foreseeable future. I have reluctantly accepted this fact, and I am fine with it. I work out often, because I enjoy it and it keeps me healthy.

God created us all in his image. Everyone is unique on purpose which is what makes us truly special. Let’s think about this for a moment. How would you feel if there were 25,000 other yous walking around earth? The funny thing is that our differences tie us together.

Consider the times we’ve read about those models people admire who aren’t happy with themselves. A documentary in one of my classes also pointed out that a lot of the images we see are corrected in Photoshop. Those six-pack abs that you so desperately want may actually be airbrushed on a computer before finally being printed or posted to your favorite website.

Don’t compare yourself to the images you see in today’s media. Strive to be the best you can be. That’s what God wants us to do.