I will be bald faced here with facts. I am 5'4" tall, 59 years old and 155 pounds. I am short-waisted, unexercsised, balding in the back, and a bit stoop shouldered. I have serious bunions and a myriad of other small details that would put me outside of the ideal. I also acknowledge that my facial physiognomy is one that meets a good many of the parameters currently in vogue. Frankly, all those admissions are based upon cultural normatives that define those things as more or less than desirable. And in other cultures and times nearly all those things would have been, have been seen as positive or negative markers repeatedly. So, I am not moving entirely free of social influence. None of us are.
Yet, even with this understanding I still yearn for something more. Perhaps this is a manifestation of my/our baseline desire to grow and change, to evolve, to metamorphose into something greater, larger than I/we have been.