First Impressions

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“I will shed all of this skin down to the very bone beneath it if that is what it will take for people to come to the realization that appearance is not what makes a human beautiful.” However, society can be shallow, people tend to conform to the social standard of beauty in order not to be discriminated or isolated. Brains are a necessity, but sadly nowadays, beauty is much more appreciated.
We live in a world where the less you eat makes you more of a person, and the less you weigh makes you more of a trophy for some guy to win in the future. We live in a world where Barbie and Ken are idolized and normal people are marginalized. A world of beauty contests, beefcake calendars, and a never-ending flow of books about dieting and exercise. We live in a world where models are the idea of perfection, and if you feel rolls on your stomach when you bend over, your first thought is to skip the next meal. We live in a world where the word “skinny” is a goal and if you don’t live up to it, well, you fall deeper and deeper into your thoughts until you find yourself in your room at 3:00 in the morning with tear stains all over you pillow. We live in a world where the number on a scale is made to describe and define us. But we aren’t numbers, are we? We are so much more. Unfortunately, this world is based on beauty to the point where humanity is blinded by appearances. People don’t realize that a beautiful person with their wrong deeds cannot excel. What is often stated is that first impressions are the element that controls your decision to whether getting to know the person better or this would be your last meeting. But we use first impressions to judge a whole host of characteristics that are not matters of life or death, but kind of trivial.
Appearances can be tricky, so people should not be judged by them. However, some people who do so can take satisfaction from Jean de la Fontaine’s assertion: “Beware so long as you live, of judging men by their outward appearance.” I strongly agree with this excerpt as I believe that judgements should not be based on looks.
Appearances can often give the wrong impressions. For instance, strangers who meet for the first time tend to always examine the other person’s looks in order to decide if their meeting will go on or not. They forget about the important basics: sense of humour, kindness, intelligence… First impressions can be the worst sometimes if a person wasn’t expecting to be introduced to someone new, and wasn’t prepared at all. However, that doesn’t mean that people should get a total makeover to attend a first meeting.
As they say: “A warm heart is often hidden under a dirty coat.” People can be mean, they can judge you by your outside imperfections and throw away your inner beauty. They judge whether you’re fat, ugly, too thin, too short, too tall… And they make you believe that you are worthless, or not good enough. This is the main cause of bullying nowadays.
This may sound cliché, but I couldn’t agree more with the following quote: “Never judge a book by its cover,” because if they do, they are too superficial and shallow; therefore, they are not worth your time.

Christelle Akl

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