Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Love Yourself

I found this picture in a story by the New York Daily News (Link) and was bothered by it. Let me explain why.


Beauty is beyond skin-deep. It takes a loving heart, a pure soul and a mind devoid of deprivation to be beautiful. It is more than what meets the eye that makes a person beautiful. You were born into a world where a lot of people will sacrifice everything, including their souls, to fit a physical mold. Striving to an imagined ideal beauty many have led a life filled with pain, disillusion, self-conscious insecurities and shallowness. Too much importance is placed on appearances, little to the things that really matter. This picture whether intentional or not may lead young girls to believe that they have to aspire to look different in order to be beautiful. You are too young for me to get into the specifics of it all, just know that you do not need to fit another mold in order to be beautiful. You are perfect just the way you are.

Love yourself.

Two words that can change the meaning and quality of your life. Love yourself. If you do not love yourself how can you expect others to? How will you find happiness in the world when you cannot find happiness within without loving yourself? Love yourself, everything about you, from your beautiful smile down to your stubbornness, your sense of humor to your imagination! There are things that you won't be able to change about yourself, things that you will want to work on. I am still working on my procrastination and I have been around a lot longer than you (I still haven't gotten it right). In spite of my short-comings I still love myself. I hope that as you grow up you do as well.