Heather has a Bachelor's Degree in English from Moravian College and has been freelance writing for more than 12 years.
Felt safer in the tiny indoor confines of my private abode
Didn't feel a need to cover up any potential flaws
Could live out in the open without fear of being judged
Could be a misconception that's self inflicted or legitimate
Hard to say because it would always get flipped back to me
If the subject was mildly broached in smaller quarters
Tired of putting on airs in order to be accepted by friends and family
Personally, would rather love to wear sweatpants all the time
Not allowed to do so; in order to appear marketable
Don't want to come across as a slacker who gave up on their appearance
Back on the market like a fresh piece of meat
To be examined and scrutinized by the USDA of the male species
Searching for a stamp of approval in order to move on
If unable to obtain it, personal worth will go down the drain
Sick of playing a role in order to get through each day
Faking a smile when would rather be angry or sad
Don't be under the assumption of folding under pressure
Just frustrated by the notion that women have to please
Much more than making the opposite sex smile and entertain them
Men are sometimes the supporting players in their partners' stories
Never really talked about for fear of breaking down that perception
Time to shake things up and smash that stereotype in half
Wondered why women have the urge to marginalize themselves
To fit some type of desirable persona for the masses
Whether it was being more dateable on the numerous online apps
Play down their more rebellious nature in order to please
A potential suitor to keep on dating them and believe the lies
Well, not lies per se; just half truths to make yourself more attractive
Pretending to be a Playboy playmate and a swimsuit cover girl
Not really something a modern day Rita Hayworth or Marilyn Monroe
Would have even aspired to become themselves
Wanted to be taken seriously for their acting chops instead of their looks
Never really given the chance or credit when it was needed to be given
It's time for every girl to be the architect of their own narrative
Or lack of one
Their lives, their choices to be made
Rules meant to be made; and broken in equal measure
Run a corporation or stay at home with the children
Choose your life and don't let anyone tell you otherwise.
BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on May 18, 2020:
I think you got a point.
Be yourself...don't worry about others or their perception of you.
I personally don't wear sweats to the store or anywhere but insude mh own home, but that's my choice.
I know how I feel wearing clothes and what makes me feel beautiful and comfortable for myself...not anyone else.
I love looking good just for me...even if at home lounging around there are some things i just don't wear. I gotta be me.
Of course my preferences change from time to time.
But don't let others define you. Get to know yourself. Be you.