This is not an entry about me. This is about you. For you.
We don’t think very much of ourselves when it comes to what we see in the mirror. Goodness knows I don’t. Reasons vary for why that is, but it certainly proves that women work so hard to maintain a sense of “beauty” that we have a difficult time acknowledging unless we go the whole mile. In America at least, we are bombarded with numerous magazines featuring finely airbrushed women and minor flaws reshaped or photo-edited out completely. Very few embrace in the idea of “natural beauty” because our culture seemingly does not encourage its existence as a source of empowerment.
My artsy friend, whom I can vouch for, has told me that he loves females who are comfortable with showing their natural beauty, rather than those who glamourize themselves to hide it. It’s a rare trait in females who don’t buy into the propaganda and pop culture, abstaining from the use of makeup. And we applaud those brave women for pulling that off better than we could. Even when they are ambivalent by choice.
However, many of us have individual reasons why that isn’t for all of us. Some of us enjoy the process of beautifying ourselves & finding better techniques (like me). Some of us want to impress someone special. Some of us want to forget that we have wrinkles or blemishes so we can impress ourselves with our dexterity.
Perhaps we are missing something important…
We have heard this time and time again that how we see ourselves is considerably different from how others see us. We have so much going on inside of us emotionally and around us socially that we want to somehow align how we feel about ourselves to what is outwardly shown. It’s a phenomenon that we rarely seem to wrap our heads around and achieve daily. Ultimately, when asked about our physical features without the aid of a mirror, we immediately downplay every attractive quality that we have so as not to appear vain and turn the compliment onto them.
The experiment shown in this video brings the idea of natural beauty into perspective for many women who are participating. I almost ignored the link in my feed because it couldn’t possibly be anything of value. On the contrary, I was so deeply touched after watching this that I had to share it here.
This may take some getting used to, but let’s find those things about ourselves that make us feel beautiful and look to ourselves first before asking someone else. Girls and ladies, may we all remember that despite what magazines, billboards, commercials, high-end products, and even the worst of people infer about our lingering desire to “fix” ourselves for the world, we are all more beautiful than we may believe we are.