I never expected life to stay “frozen” in-time but—who could have imagined that “Classy, Elegant, Attractive, and Physically- Appealing" would be so rudely-
replaced with what I see today .... from Walmart to Olive Garden; from the Bank to the Doctor’s Office.
Unattractive bodies--- un-dressed in outrageous outfits---
are everywhere. Our once-beautiful world has been “invaded” by tacky-cheap-ugly.
Even Television is “over-run” with ugliness. Using the remote,
I’m able to click-beyond the brainless Reality Shows and disgusting crap like "Love after Lockup"…and more worthless and disgusting “Junk” but…I have no choice when it comes to what’s on full-public display every day.
Who can ignore the huge-floppy breasts, bouncing stomachs, and jiggling/flabby butts spilling-- over and under—tights, tank tops, and pajama bottoms!?!? Who can
avoid the beasty-looking men with ratty pony-tails, puffy buns, and bad teeth --those who strut around grocery stores in low-riding cutoffs--completely shirtless--proudly displaying multiple tattoos, huge bellies, hairy backs---even hairy butt-cracks.
In the Fifties and Sixties,most-everyone believed APPEARANCE was everything. We were judged by how we looked--- how we dressed--- the impeccable manners we demonstrated---and
HOW we treated others. Women took pride in keeping a clean and orderly house and most women began every day with their hair neatly-styled--- their faces carefully “made-up”--attractively-dressed--- even as they actively cooked, cleaned, and did
yardwork. Those were the days when no respectable woman would have answered the door without being properly-dressed and wearing her red lipstick.
In the fifties,
men were as particular about their appearances-- as women. Men were clean- shaved, nicely dressed, and had their shoes polished. Most men aspired to be GENTLEMEN by demonstrating proper manners at all times. I don’t remember any man in my past--whether
he was a businessman, a banker, the yardman or even the plumber-- looking sloppy, ill-kept, or shabbily-dressed.
I have an excellent memory so I’d certainly remember
any males or females-- from my past—that had-ever-displayed nasty-fat bellies, embarrassingly-big breasts or spongy fat-butts! Too bad I can’t say that about the males and females of this generation.
I find it insulting people today actually- enjoy flaunting their worst features. Why haven’t they learned that being well-dressed can hide the negative and accent the positive?!?!? And, what ever happened
to being a "role model" for others?
Statistics show that people today weigh—on average—forty pounds more than in the fifties. It’s also true that people
eat more today, exercise less, and sadly--don’t give a damn about being fatter, less healthy, and less-attractive.
Besides eating more food, overweight people also
consume more drugs. The combination is lethal. Drugs cause side effects that include food cravings. Also, many of today’s meats and vegetables have been treated with hormones and additives to improve their look, taste, and shelf-life and….these
additions upset the body’s chemistry. As a result, one out of every three people is permanently over-weight. Compared to other generations-- today's teenagers are heavier than other teenagers at the same age. Obesity is NOW the new normal.
Okay, I know my limitations. I can't solve the World's Problems-- regardless of what I write, think, or say. Clearly, I can't make people care about their appearance. And—I’m
unable to motivate people to want better manners or—a more classic look or—to love simple elegance. But, if anyone--other than me-- cares about life’s Traditional Values…we have no choice but concentrate on ourselves and---ignore the
Let’s choose to: Exercise, Work, and Play--- Every Day. Let’s commit to keeping our looks AND our attitudes classic, positive, smart, and consistent.
Above All…let’s concentrate on pleasing ourselves…rather than pleasing others.
Let’s accomplish at least ONE GOAL every day—like---washing
the car, visiting a sick or dying friend, hanging a new picture or new mirror, planting a tree, painting an old chair or dresser---- OR---for each of us to START WRITING--THE BOOK.
Yes, everyone's goal should be to write the personal story of his/her life. The day I held my published autobiography in my hand--- for the first time--- I felt like I'd conquered the world. It was truly the most-memorable accomplishment of my life.
Never doubt---YOU can do the same!
Most importantly: We must keep-looking in the mirror and loving the person looking back at us. And—it’s important to “reward
ourselves” for each of our accomplishments. For me--Hershey's Chocolate Kisses are a great reward but---only five—at a time!
Let's stay disciplined
and true to our “Traditional and Classic Values”. Just-Maybe---we can inspire others to do the same.