Wednesday, September 8, 2010

I Want What You Got

A post not really about eyelashes. I promise.

I like doing my eye-makeup. I'm not sure when or how this fascination began. I think it was when my friend had a job working for MAC cosmetics and I would go visit her and be envious of all the eye make-up of everyone working there. I'm pretty sure that's where the obsession started. I like all the variations of color you can do. On any given day I may have up to ten colors on my eyelids at once. I've never been a huge fan of my eyelashes though. I've always wanted them to be longer and fuller. I actually have eyelash envy of women with natural full lashes.

I feel like most of us have that one (or two, or three) things about us that we envy other people for having. Eyelashes are among several other things I'm jealous of. Some other examples would be : a fast metabolism, a rich benefactor... but I digress. When one of my friends got married last year, I was a bridesmaid and all of the bridesmaids had their make-up done by professionals. They added faux corner lashes to all of our eyes. When she went to add my corner lashes, she commented "oh - you're lashes are already long." And I said "Really?!" Here, a make-up proffessional, who puts fake lashes on people every day - just told me my stubby, unimpressive lashes were long. What? I though she was maybe just trying to be nice. (Because it's totally normal for people who are trying to be nice to comment on eyelashes. Duh.) A couple other people have mentioned something to me about my lashes since then. Granted - I wear about 5 kinds of different mascaras to get my lashes to look long and thick - but they still aren't what I want them to be.

I think it's easy to look at others and see what we DON'T have. It's not wrong to want something better or want something more or want something different. However, I do think we need to appreciate what we have more. Granted, I could still use some Jennifer Love Hewitt style lash extensions but I have learned to appreciate that my lashes are pretty long depending on who I'm comparing them to. And there are people who have medical conditions where they can't grow lashes at all, so I really do appreciate that at least other people think I have long lashes. I still haven't quite reached my body goals yet. And when other people look at me like I'm crazy for wanting to lose more weight, I look at them like they're crazy for not seeing my fat. But I can appreciate that depending on the perspective it's coming from - my body size is someone else's body goal.

Just something I've been thinking about lately. You may want what someone else has, but what you have may be exactly what someone else wants.

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