As we live our lives as social animals, we’re not only fighting our inner demons but also the ones society inflicts on us from early childhood. I’m sure you’ve heard a lot, read a lot about how you’re supposed to behave, what you’re supposed to say and how you’re supposed to live your life.
Because – isn’t it – the old wisdom rules the world. What if the old wisdom ruled the old world and we should open our eyes and hearts to feel how the old wisdom can make the new world better! Fashion and life, style and method: what were you told so far? Scroll down to see if you’re familiar with the following 3 myths!
See also: What is Fashion to you?
Professional (Women) Athletes Don’t Have Feminine Bodies
This last Sunday, Wimbledon’s Singles Women Trophy has been reclaimed again by Serena Williams. At 33, Serena is atop of her game just like she was 16 years ago when she won her first Grand Slam tournament! Counting no less than 6 Wimbledon trophies among her 21 Grand Slam singles titles won in her career so far, Serena Williams is undoubtedly a force of tennis. A force of (human) nature.
So many women, so many aspiring athletes look up to Miss Williams and learn from her strength every day. I respect her and admire the tremendous determination she puts into her life’s work, her life’s passion: Serena changed tennis the way we knew it. Women’s tennis competitions are tougher, more spectacular, better overall because she’s in this game!
I’ve heard voices calling her too old, too much, voices complaining that she’s still fighting on court even if she’s in her 30s. A tennis player is only valuable before the ‘venerable’ age of 30. That’s where, in the public opinion’s eye, a tennis player needs to retire. Has to retire. Will be forced to retired even if he or she are still perfectly capable, fit and competitive! ATP’s Number 1 Novak Djokovic, at 28, was called a veteran by the journalists – where does that leave Serena?
Still on court, that’s where!
Because she can! And because she’s so good at it that some are still in denial about her incredible gifts (we all heard about Serena’s body ‘built like a man’s’ – seriously?! JK Rowling threw a spell of shame on one of those trolls recently). And because she’s young, strong and inspiring, because I love who she is, what she stands and fights for I say loud and clear: who cares what she’s wearing? Who cares what her clothing size is? Larger than life is who she is!
Women In Their 50s Shouldn’t Wear Bikinis
Whoever said that didn’t know Elle MacPherson! The Body is 51 and just look at her in a bikini! Sure, we all know what most models say that it’s because of good genes that their body is heavenly constituted, but someone also has to take care that those good genes don’t go rogue – and Elle seems to have found the secret to that. She’s well deserved the title given to her 20 years ago: ‘The Body’. 20 years she knew how to lead a successful life both personally and professionally.
For those who are not familiar with Elle Macpherson outside her Sports Illustrated covers: she was married two times and has two boys (with Arpad Busson) aged 17 and 12. Besides being a fulfilled entrepreneur, TV personality, mother and wife, Elle is an UNICEF ambassador and is involved in countless charitable organizations. She is so much more than ‘The Body’ and she’s so much more ‘Body’ at 51! Thank you for showing women all over the world that there’s still a life for your body even after 50!
After 60, A Woman Is No Longer ‘Visible’ or ‘Relevant’
Being celebrated this Tuesday at the 2015 edition of the Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly Awards with the special Arthur Ashe Courage Award, Caitlyn Jenner is the very living proof that women after 60 not only do they have a voice, but they also get to discover their true self! The ESPY choice to award Caitlyn was largely disputed as it comes to highlight a non-sports-related achievement – however, this special honor who was before bestowed on Muhammad Ali or Billie Jean King, is also meant to be presented to sports-transcending contributions! And Caitlyn Jenner has made quite a sensation this year with her transformation from Bruce Jenner, the Olympian, into Cait, the transgender!
It’s a too long story to be written here, about Caitlyn, about her sudden rise to fame and about the social timeline she chose to come out in. Apparently, the world is embracing Caitlin, congratulating her for the amazing courage and trying to help in any way her transition. In depth, however, just like Caitlyn Jenner admitted herself:
‘I would feel like a liar all the time. It’s too bad because I wasted a lot of my life and nobody really knew who I am… When you go through your life with secrets constantly, it just, after a while, it wears on you. At one point in my life, am I going to have to deal with who I am? Everyone thinks I’m the big hero. And they knew nothing about me.’
What do you know about yourself? What do you know about yourself that wasn’t labeled on you by others? And how many ‘myths’ like the ones above are you convinced about or living them yourself?