It’s not easy in today’s society to truly feel beautiful. We as women are bombarded everywhere we turn by images and voices telling us we are imperfect creatures. Millions of dollars are made by various companies and advertisers telling us WE can achieve perfection via the purchase of some “beauty” product; eating or NOT eating certain foods, exercising with this piece of equipment or that one, camouflaging or uncovering certain body parts…it never ends.
Unfortunately, for a vast number of women we ‘buy’ into it, literally. We spend dollar after dollar on cosmetic products that one by one pile up in our “make-up” drawer, exercise videos and exercise equipment by one ‘perfect’ physical specimen after another (who because of our hard-earned money can now afford liposuction), chemical processes and extensions in our hair to achieve the most “flattering’ styles, we offer bodies up to the sacrificial alter of beauty to be plucked, waxed, shaved, exfoliated, nipped, tucked and for what? So we can continue to chase the always unattainable beauty ideal?
Don’t get me wrong, I prefer smooth legs, I wear nail polish and lipstick and make-up (when I know I’m going somewhere groovier than the grocery store), and I don’t wear socks with sandals. But I’d like to think that if one day I awoke and couldn’t wear one cosmetic product, relax my curly hair or lose that extra 5 lbs; I would know that I was still a beautiful woman and I would not cease to be a lovely unique human being.
It’s dreadful when someone at tells you you’re ugly. As we all know, people can be cruel and most times they are repeating the things they hear and learn at home. It is important to not just tell people with loving words, but also show by life example that they are beautiful.
Beauty is not because of what you wear on her body, apply to your face or hair or by how much you weigh. True beauty is what comes from inside and radiates outside in the acts of kindness and consideration you give to others, the way you love and respect yourself, the joy you take in sharing time with family and friends, and the sacrifices you make so that others can be happy. True beauty is loving yourself no matter what your shade, size, financial or educational situation. I hope in this increasingly appearance obsessed world, that you can pass every reflection of yourself with a smile of security and peace.