My biggest fear of moving back to Utah is the vanity that’s there and getting sucked back into that vain mentality. Don’t get me wrong. I love a lot of things about Utah. The mountains. The family and friends I have there. But I’ve definitely not missed all the liposuction and breast enhancement billboards that saturate the valley (Boise doesn’t have any of those.) I don’t look forward to explaining to my daughter that some people spend 1000’s of dollars on trying to change the way they look, not because of a valid health concern or reconstructive surgery, but because they want to look better in a swimsuit.
Then I remembered a moment I had the other day in my garden. I was looking at these little flowers and thought…
What if those little purple flowers, that I LOVE, wished they looked like a rose? That would make me sad. I love those little beautiful purple flowers. They are beautiful just the way they are. This rose is beautiful just the way it is too. I didn’t edit the colors at all because I wanted to keep its natural beauty. Neither flower is better than the other. They are both beautiful to me, just different.
I suppose you could say editing these photos is similar to the physical editing we do with plastic surgery. But it’s not. This is free and changed with a click, maybe equal to dying ones hair. Not equal to going into debt or taking on a part-time job to cover the 1000’s of dollars of monthly payments of a tummy tuck or enhancement job.
I realize some people do it for confidence, and it’s not my place to judge.