Fitting In In The Book I Want To Be Miss America

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In “I Want to Be Miss America,” Julia Alvarez examines her adolescent struggle to be “American.” For Alvarez, her Hispanic culture becomes a burden to her inclusion in American society. So, Alvarez and her sisters, struggle to become what they are not, Americans. Alvarez uses a somewhat biased stereotype to identify the model of an ideal American, but she does make clear. The struggle of all American teenagers to fit into or molded by a standard which for many of them is impossible to achieve.

Relating to Alvarez and her struggle is very easy and well known in every generation. Society puts a ridiculous high standard on outer appearances, especially for girls and women. Women grasp the perspective of the standards that are set and put them into drive. Women become stressed, emotional, and nutcases because they want to please others instead of pleasing themselves. In some cases, ...view middle of the document...

Sounds unbelievable right? Not when you look nothing like these masterpieces. Especially when others even admitted that I don’t look like anyone from my family. Maybe bits and pieces but you have to really be looking. Isn’t that just a stab in the heart or better yet the face? The pressure to be molded into one of these art pieces, have taken a great toll on my whole body and my mind, from passing out to not eating for weeks. Deep down, I know I will never look like my family and not stating that’s a bad thing because I am me! One day, reality will slap me across the face and overcome this obsession.

Overcoming an obsession is like kicking a nasty addiction. Luckily my addiction is a slow, but steady process that is healing. I do not compare myself as much as I did to my family. I learned from my religion that God made us all different because each of us has a different journey to voyage. I am eating healthy and correctly. Maintaining a balance of knowing my limits has increased my knowledge of weight loss and weight scare. But doesn’t mean temptation isn’t around the corner lurking its ugly, snarling head at me. Resisting is hard at first but like with most addictions it does become easy when keeping at it!

Balance is key to any success, whether its weight loss or managing a new store. Knowing when to reward yourself and when its just plain not necessary. Today I completely have found my balance that is healthy and more importantly safe. My success is losing 18lbs in 3 months and I’ve never felt better about my body and myself. As cliché as this sounds, I truly love me and how I look. It took 20 years to do so, but better late than never because today I could be not here. My self-respect and confidence is the greatest reward I can ever achieve in my life.

In the Alvarez story, her reward/accomplishment could have been accepting herself in America as a Hispanic. Instead she let society get the best of her and control her mind and they way she should be in America. Living up to “standards” is not a way of life. Learning from this story and personal experience is always being true to yourself.

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