Today I was going through a tub full of keepsakes and stumbled upon a ‘Photography Inspiration Journal’ I had put together a while back. I had somehow managed to completely forget it’s existence, so it was almost like finding a long lost shirt or an unopened Easter egg several months later. I took a few moments to thumb through all the photos I had at one point or another ripped out of fashion magazines. I couldn’t help but realize how perfect one ladies hair was or how wonderful another’s makeup was done, all in all they looked perfectly put together. I can’t help but look as those photos and be a small bit jealous of that perfect movie star look, but this jealousy is quickly stomped out as I remember something… These pictures have been photo shopped and corrected till there is not a single visible flaw. How much of their completely flawless beauty is real? How long did they spend fixing their makeup that morning? I don’t know about anyone else, but I have neither a personal makeup artist , enough time to spend slathering on makeup till I look flawless, or the desire to wear that much ‘gunk’ on my face. Then my thoughts wonder to the fact that so many girls today are so hung up on looking perfect . One has to ask themselves, “What is perfect?” “Who is allowed to set the standards for the perfect girl?” Last I knew, everyone was created different. No one looks 100% exactly the same, even though some twins look close, there is always differences in everyone. This is the very reason I’ve come to just love myself just how I am over the last year or so. I may never line up with others opinion of the perfect girl, but then who are they to set the standard? I am beautiful because I was created special by God, and because I am me. I am not like anyone else in the world, and no one can do me better than me. That makes me special! Not only am I special, but I am an Independent, Strong, Beautiful young lady. Beauty is way more than just what is on the outside. I mean yes, every girl wants to be drop dead gorgeous on the outside, but with time that all fades away. Beauty on the inside can last forever. I would rather be remembered as a “plain jane” who loved others and was loved for who she was than some celeb hot shot who never was loved for anything other than her pretty face or built body. I really love what Audrey Hepburn said…”The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mode but the true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives the passion that she shows. The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries or the way she combs her hair. For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.” Beauty is as Beauty does. Are you making sure that you are as Beautiful as you can be?
~ I just had thought about this a lot today and thought I would share this with my readers :) Hope you enjoy!