From Our Readers: Embrace Your Inner Beauty
Nowadays, society has created its own beauty standards. Flat belly, thigh gap, bright skin tone, dyed hair, big eyes, thick brows, the list goes on and on. Maybe you are a part of them, while others have a big struggle meeting them because they believe that if they have such, society will adore them and accept them.
But here's what I need to tell you: if you're one of the girls who's exerting so much effort because you want society to accept you, stop. You'll realize later on that it is hard to escape.
I still believe in the saying that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. You don't need to have those things just because society dictates it as part of being beautiful.
You are beautiful—even if they think you are not, even if you believe it or not.
You are beautiful with those freckles, pimples on your face. You are beautiful with your dark or fair skin tone. You are beautiful with your thick, black, curly hair. You are beautiful with those curves. You are beautiful with your crooked teeth. Your imperfections are beautiful. I told you so. God told you so.
Accept that those imperfections you think you have are not flaws, but are the things that make you who you are. Accept them and take good care of yourself.
Don't focus on meeting society's beauty standards. Instead, go out into the world and discover who you are more, so you can love yourself better. Discover your talents, skills, and interests. Find those things that your family, the world, yourself have never thought you have in you. Surprise them with what you have, with your mind, with your heart. That is more appealing than just having a beautiful face.
Most of all, remember to be kind, always. Kind people always win. I truly believe that personality is far more important than the outside appearance. So be kind, laugh more with them, understand them more, and most importantly, pray for them. This will be the biggest favor you can do for them.