A few months ago I read an article that still haunts me. I don’t remember all of the specifics, but the part that hovers in my mind is this: In a survey, 4% of the women asked said they thought they were beautiful.
Only four percent. It literally sickens me.
It’s not like I’m going to sit here and lie by saying that I believe every woman I’ve ever come across fits personal idea of beauty. But I can quite confidently say that a MUCH larger percentage of the women I encounter are beautiful.
In general, I think the problem is that too many people are making the terrible mistake of believing beauty is some kind of competition. Well, damn, of course they do. Just think about an actual beauty pageant. EVERY contestant in the pageant is attractive (or else, duh, they wouldn’t have qualified to compete), yet all the focus is on narrowing it down to who is the MOST attractive. Don’t miss the point – I don’t have a position, good or bad, when it comes to the things. I’m just saying that life is not a beauty pageant. Your own beauty is not determined by a comparison to someone else.
Go read that last line one more time.
I looked up the definition of beautiful and it gave me pleasant chills:
Having qualities that give great pleasure or satisfaction to see, hear, think about, etc;
delighting the senses or mind
See, I understand the sentiment behind the cliché, but beauty is in fact, more than skin-deep. Allow the most genuine version of yourself to radiate from within, and you’ll notice a beauty on the outside that is breathtaking.
Surely you’ve experienced this with others? You think someone is “cute” but then, the more you are around that person and the negative attributes that dominate their behavior, you start to question how you ever thought that person attractive in the first place. And the reverse is true – you think someone is “average at best” but before you know it, you’re overwhelmed with that person’s essence.
I encourage you to take care of your physical appearance – brush your teeth and wash your hair and dress in clothes that fit properly and exercise, etc. But understand this: If you want to see yourself as beautiful, you have to see yourself.
This may make you laugh, but hopefully that’ll help you remember it. In order to be beautiful, you have to be-YOU-ful. (Not necessarily arrogant or selfish, but you – and not someone else’s interpretation of you, or what you think will make somebody like you more.)
In hopes of raising that pathetic percentage I mentioned earlier, I’m offering these two basic suggestions to sum it all up:
Don’t wait for someone else to tell you you’re beautiful before you believe it.
BUT having said that,
Take the advice once given to me, “Don’t question the beauty someone sees in you.”