At a Christmas party I met a girl from South Korea. She was young, 26, and she was in the US studying English. I probably won’t see her anymore but I had very interesting conversation with her. I’ve never realized that anything western is exotic for them. Anything from Europe and the US is “cool”. I’ve never thought the other way. But why not? Western people are interested in eastern philosophy and lifestyle so why it shouldn’t be the other way? She also converted to be a Christian. But what struck me the most was her question about her eye lids. If she should get surgery to widen her eyes as a lot of her friends over in Korea are doing and it is considering as a trend. I was surprised because she was such a beautiful, sweet young Asian woman with really beautiful face, and because of her friends or media, she felt like she should have an eye lid surgery. So that opened new conversation about beauty and seeing ourselves beautiful. What I just tried to tell her was that she shouldn’t do it just because of somebody told her. I told her that she is beautiful as she is and that I hope she feels like that inside her. That the real beauty comes from within us. She hugged me and smiled at me and said thank you.
I wrote this post in January but I didn’t have time to post it until now. That’s why I wrote:
The only thing I would wish to everybody for the new year is to feel comfortable in their own body and be happy with who they are and not to get smashed by trends and media craziness.
I wrote similar post six years ago called Beauty. Unfortunately nothing has changed.
Also please read a post from my blog friend Jorge who wrote his insight on beauty in Beauty – At What Prize. Jorge is an excellent writer and a person. Thank you Jorge.
Today, we put our Christmas tree away. It is so sad here without it. The tree brought us such a joy, light, nice scent of nature and happiness.
Our living room seems to be so empty now. It is good we still have lights in the windows and other decorations.
Slow by slow the Christmas spirit is disappearing,
and we will have to wait, until there is time to look for a tree again.
I am enjoying the rest of the winter even though I am kind of ready for spring. This weekend was quite warm and it felt so good not to be wrapped up from toes to head. Also I have been fighting some stomach flu last week and I tell you it is not fun to have bloating stomach and body aches and chills plus vomiting. I am all better now and I had nice trip to Newport, RI with my mom on Saturday. She will be leaving soon. It is hard to imagine. I got used to her so much. It is very comforting to have her around. It will be hard to let her go.
I wish all of you happy and healthy year 2010 and I look forward to visit your blog!
Hug and love!
5 years ago I was walking with my friend Polly in this beautiful area in Wellesley, Mass and we took pictures of this tree lit up by the late sun .
Last Sunday I found it again.
I was trying to come at the same time of the day so I can catch the nice light.
I came two weeks earlier then five years ago and to my surprise the leaves were already gone, even from the ground.
So much has changed since my last visit.
5 years ago Polly and I just came to the U.S. and had been living here for few months not knowing what is ahead of us.
I was dating this handsome man just for couple of months.
5 years later I am living with that man and calling him my husband.
And my friend Polly is happily married in Australia with a beautiful daughter.
I was sitting on the bench with my thoughts.
I closed my eyes and listened the wind in the branches. So pieceful. I was glad that I found the place again.
Just across where I was sitting was a beautiful tree which still had colorful leaves.
I walked around and took some more pictures. There are in my album Trees.