Keeping Up with the ???

Perhaps I am just not into baring my body, especially for the whole world to see. So, I just don’t understand the hoopla surrounding the recent photo of Kim Kardashian on the cover of the Paper Mag.  Of course, it’s not the first time she has been photographed nude for public display. But that photo shoot was taken specifically to  “break the internet”.  And when it didn’t break the internet, Kim starting posting more pics on Instagram.  I haven’t seen the entire photo collage, but the “filtered” version that I have seen, shows her booty is so large that she can balance a glass of champagne on it?  Seriously? I’m not jealous and I’m not being catty…I’m just being honest…I spend countless hours in the gym, working out and running many miles so that my butt DOESN’T look like that!! But Kim has promoted herself to the point that many women do want to look like that.

Why is society so enamored with Kim K. and actually the whole Kardashian klan?  If a member of that family sneezes, the paparazzi  is there to get it on film.  They are on the cover of literally every magazine and have millions of followers on twitter and instagram.  If taking a poll, I’ll bet more people can list the names of the Kardashian family members than can click off the names of 10 of our U.S. Presidents.  That’s the society we have become. Sex sells, social media promotes and we are a narcissistic society. The Kardashians have taken advantage of  these platforms and are making millions of dollars because of it. I will give them kudos for branding themselves, their makeup, clothing line…whatever they put their mark on, people buy.

Did you know Kim has an app? And people pay to play? In fact, in the first 3 months that it was released, she made over $43 million!!

And then there are their reality tv shows…which I’ve never seen.  I’m just not into reality shows in general. But boy, I know people who don’t miss an episode of “Keeping up with the Kardashians”.  This family exploits their daily lives for all the world to see.  It is truly beyond my comprehension that so many people watch every move they make.  And exactly how does one “keep up” with a family that has made millions on promoting and branding…themselves?  What is that teaching our children??

My hope for my children and grand children’s future is that they decide they want to be someone that isn’t just another pretty face on the cover of a magazine.  My hope is that they know they “is smart, they is kind and they is important”.  My hope is that they want to use their brains, their God-given talents and their skills for something other than marketing themselves.  However, if they do grace the cover of a magazine because of their beauty, please let there also be mention of them winning a nobel peace prize, for finding the cure for a disease, for being a good person. But above all…dear Lord, please just don’t let them be nude!!!

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Dying with Dignity

Death is  inevitable. For most of us, death will come in old age, after we have had years to enjoy our family, friends,  a successful career and hopefully traveled to a few favorite destinations.  For others, such as Brittany Maynard, death came at a young age. But on her own terms and in her own way.

Brittany’s decision to end her life with the aid of medicine has created a lot of controversy.

There have been some who consider it suicide. Brittany disagreed with that opinion. She felt it was, “highly inflammatory and just incorrect, because I am already dying from cancer. I don’t want to die. People who commit suicide are typically people who want to die.”

Others have expressed their opinion that we don’t get to decide when we die.  They feel that God makes the decision if we live or die with pain, if we live to be 20 or 100 years old or if we just pass quietly in the night. But didn’t God also give us the power of choice?

Most people that I have talked to and the majority of comments that I have read, agree with Brittany and feel she did the right thing.  She was courageous and she left this life with dignity, compassion and no regrets.  Instead of enduring horrible seizures, extreme pain and suffering, and at times not recognizing family or friends, she decided to take her death into her own hands. Is it so wrong to spare yourself and loved ones from enduring such pain? Especially when the inevitable is death? How many of us would love the opportunity to leave this world the same way? The last few weeks of her life, she spent quality time with the people she loved the most, traveling and checking things off of her bucket list.

I’m not sure how I feel about her choice. God never promised us we would  go through life without suffering.  And what if a miraculous cure was found for the brain tumor next week, yet she threw the towel in too early?

It’s really not for me or any of us to judge.  But, Brittany left an impression on me. She did exactly what I hope to do…live each day to the fullest and as it’s your last. Surround yourself with loved ones.

“Pay attention to the relationships you cultivate in life, and do not miss the chance to tell those you love how very much you love them.”  

May you rest in peace Brittany Maynard. You were a strong and courageous woman who has made quite an impact on millions of people around the world.

I’m new at this

For many years, my always supportive hubby has encouraged me to start a blog. What, I asked him, would I write about that people would be interested in reading? Just write, he said. People love what you have to say. While I am not sure that is true, in fact I know there are some people who would probably wish I would quit talking, I decided to give it a whirl. So, just what am I going to blog about? Well, that’s still to be decided. As is the case with most things I decide to do, I’ll just figure it out as I go along.

If there is something you want me to blog about, please send me the questions or ideas. I may or may not answer them or blog about them. And if you do have a question and if I don’t know the answer, there is a good possibility that I will make it up…(just kidding).

But, I am going to give this a whirl. So be looking out for my posts.

Oh, and by the way, my blog name gloriousGG came about because I love being a GiGi (glorious grandma) and thought it was fitting. The name may change as I venture into the blogging world. But what will never change, is me loving my life as a GiGi.

The one place I would rather be.
The one place I would rather be. BVI!!