Saturday, November 1, 2014

Watching Renee Zellweger's Transformation & What I Learned

Anyone who has been online in social media or the news saw the unrecognizable change Renee Zellweger did to her face.  First, I want to state unequivocally that I am not judging her, because I don't know everything and I don't want the karma.  I do admit to being a celebrity watcher, which is a habit I am not that proud of but sometimes I learn something. 

By way of background, Renee Zellweger is an over forty movie star that was out of the spotlight for a few years after having been quite successful.  She emerged on the runway of an event honoring successful women in Hollywood with a face that was totally transformed by plastic surgery to the point of her being almost unrecognizable.  When asked about her change, she indicated that her looking different was a reflection of her living life differently and finding it more fulfilling.  She also talked about how she burned out by pushing herself too hard and how she needed to take a step back to reflect and change.  She is now ready to get back into the business, but this time on her own terms.

Despite her famous status, she is in many ways just like the rest of us.  Someone, who after years of running around to be more, do more, realizes they can't do it anymore.  They also realize that there is a lot of life that they are missing out on.  The change comes slowly as we learn how to say no, rest and choose different things despite the chaos and pressure we face.  Making a change is really hard and I respect when someone is willing to do it.

I also learned that Hollywood despite its image of being evolved,  giving women so many choices and being a standard of feminism really promotes sexism and gender bias.  Here a talented actress like Renee Zellweger and many other like her lose their famous status when they age and the wrinkles start showing.  From her comments, we see that she has made a spirit and mental change.  But we also see she felt that she needed a physical change to make herself appear more youthful to remain in her professional field.  It is a change that men do not have to make.  When someone allows other standards and other people to dictate their value, they lose sight of the special unique gift they have to share with the world.  Someone's beauty comes from sharing their true self.  We all like to package our self and take pride in our appearance, but it should not be the ultimate determinant.  I hope that I can remember that as I age and hold a place for others to know it too despite the Hollywood images around us.

Stay healthy & well,

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