Monday, 15 September 2008

Isn't it what's on the inside...

Isn't it what's on the inside that counts? As a girl, who is also a teenager, and interested in style, I do spend a lot of time thinking about beauty... as this blog may suggest. And whilst I am pretty much world renowned (amongst my friends anyway) for saying incredibly un-PC and shallow-sounding things, I am often just being my tactless and honest self. I really believe, and not without reason, they all place just as much (too much?) importance and spend just as much time pondering superficial pulchritude.

Gah, that paragraph was way too wordy. Basically we're all totally vain and obsessed with superficial beauty. But does enjoying beautiful beings, including super-fit boys mean that you can't enjoy spirituality too? Do we have to be completely and utterly detached from the outside to understand and value the inside? I am certainly much more content in those moments of life when I'm completely absorbed in a song or a book or a person. Whilst some of my greatest pleasures involve admiring beautiful, there's always that little twang, an unpleasant feeling which I suppose could be slight envy, coveting the unattainably beautiful. But it's all superficial isn't it? There is nothing magical about any of this stuff I covet. My friendships, the ones with the people who I don't mind seeing me in my scruffy colours, are magical and although they don't tend to get me access to the hottest parties they do create some of the happiest times.

This post is becoming terribly cyclical. It goes like this: Are we too shallow? No, it's only natural at this age. But shouldn't we try to be more spiritual? Yes - but we can still wear nice clothes. But - but - but -

OK, I'll make a confession. This post was basically just born out of a desire to post photos the linings of the clothes I wrote about here (they wouldn't load before). So yeah - don't you agree, it's what's on the inside that counts?


  1. i think inside is important but yes we are shallow so outside can't be discounted as well. besides, i believe no one is truly ugly with efforts to make oneself polish and stylish.

  2. Yes, what's on the inside does count. You can be a little of everything you mention. I don't know anyone who isn't a mix of all the things you mention. The only time to worry about it is if the interest in the superficial begins to edge out the interest in the spiritual.

    That's what I think anyway.

  3. Yep, it's all about the balance I suppose.

  4. I love this post! and to think, its really all about linings...

    I have a complicated relationship with beauty myself, and all those magical (I'm still convinced) things I covet. As much as I like being complimented for my looks, for example, I know that I had nothing whatsoever to do with them, besides general (and sometimes more advanced) upkeep. So, are they complimenting my parents and grandparents and so forth on the way all their dna and science crap (can you tell I'm not a biology major??) combined?

    Maybe the answer, although I know there isn't just one, is to try to match the inside to the outside, or sometimes use the outside to protect the inside when you feel vulnerable.

  5. Or, to match the outside to the inside? I used to try matching the inside to the outside but it just doesn't work.

    I've made my real friendships with those who know the inside.