So I made an appointment for a makeover at one of my most favorite stores in the world – Sephora – the mecca of cosmetics. Sephora offers the hope that a new eye shadow or lip gloss can make a wonderful difference in life. It may not be true, but it’s fun. The customer service person asked me if my skin was dry or combination, then asked “Do you want a natural look?” I paused and said, “Not really. If I wanted to look natural, I wouldn’t put on any make-up at all.” I don’t want to look like Lady GaGa (even though she just topped Forbes Celebrity 100 list), but I want to look better than I look naturally.
That led me to think about the whole concept of natural vs. not natural. Exactly WHAT IS natural these days? When I was pregnant with my two children, I took natural childbirth classes, which meant no meds for pain and lots of breathing lessons. My doctor still induced labor (which is unnatural) and they still put a fetal monitor on me which meant I could not walk around. Trust me, that was very unnatural. It occurs to me that many more women died in “natural childbirth” than do now, so where does truly natural childbirth get us? I hemorrhaged with my first child and was given transfusions… which isn’t really natural, right? But it saved my life…. Hmmm, so maybe natural isn’t always better?
Lots of not-so-great things are natural, such as cancer, death, mold, etc… Putting fluoride in our tap water isn’t really natural. Cavities are natural. Fillings are not. I can’t believe chemotherapy is natural, and taking it is tough because it can cause damage at the same time it can cure. And there’s the whole hormone replacement therapy thing; it can help with bone loss and tame hot flashes… and increase risk of cancer.
I’m pretty sure cell phones are not natural, and I think we should play hooky from them sometimes. I have a bad feeling that onion ring loaves are not natural. In that case, I don’t want to be natural. And Little Debbie Swiss Cake Rolls? Ooog. I’m in trouble… This is not to say that I don’t like a lot of natural things besides potato chips and Heluvagood French Onion dip, because I do. I loooooooove homegrown tomatoes and will eat them until I turn red. I looooooove fresh vegetables and wish they were available year round.
But I think I may not be a very natural girl because I like having my air conditioner and gas fireplace and flatscreen tv and car and triple chocolate mousse cake. And Sephora. I really like Sephora.
What about you? How are you “natural”? How are you NOT “natural”?