What’s your definition of beautiful?
The way we define things is so important to how we view the world around us. If your definition of beauty is solely based on outward appearances, you may find yourself feeling like the people from the Tweet I have posted above.
If you think beautiful means being a size zero, having no acne, never having dark roots in your hair, always wearing the perfect outfit, or whatever else, then it can be difficult to find your confidence. This definition of beautiful could make you feel less than. But let’s be honest for a moment here – we are all human and we are all different. Some people are a size zero, and that’s great. Others are a size 16, and that’s great too. There is no possible way to look perfect literally all the time. You’re going to get acne, you’ll be too late dying your hair sometimes, and you may not even wash your hair on somedays (or if we are really being honest, you won’t wash your hair on most days).
But let’s rewind back to the topic about us all being different. Something that I have noticed about our society is that we fear difference, or some of us do anyways. We tend to not like things that are unfamiliar to us, and sometimes we might even be weary of people who are different from us. But why do we view difference as a bad thing? Personally, I think God created us all differently for a reason. And honestly, just consider how boring the world would be if we were all the same – if we were all “perfect”. I think in order to truly become confident and feel comfortable in your own skin, you have to learn to embrace what makes you different.
So what makes you different? Maybe it’s something about your appearance, maybe it’s something about your personality, or maybe it’s some cool, yet weird talent you have (if you have a weird talent, please comment below because I love that stuff!). But take some time to determine what makes you different, and work each day to start believing that it’s okay. And that sometimes what makes you different is what makes you beautiful!
We live in a world of comparison, especially when surrounded by social media. And as it is bikini season, I know it’s even more difficult right now. But hold your head high! Remember that you are beautiful. There is no standard definition of beauty. And if someone in your life thinks that you aren’t beautiful, keep in mind that you’ll be okay if their definition of beauty doesn’t match yours. As Christina Grimmie said, “Confidence is not ‘they will like me’. Confidence is ‘I’ll be fine if they don’t’.”
Find your definition of beautiful.
Find what makes you different.
Find your confidence.
And most importantly, remember that you are beautiful and that you are loved. You are much more than any amount of Instagram likes. And you are so much more than what you think your worst quality is! Never let another person’s definition of beautiful dull your shine.
** P.S. I got the idea to make this blog post based not only on the content of the Tweet that I have posted above, but by how many people retweeted and liked it. That’s an unbelievable amount of people who don’t believe that they are beautiful, and we have to work together to end the low level of confidence that our generation has! Say something positive to the people around you today and every day.