All around me, I see people concerned about their appearance.
I see celebrities who get surgery after surgery, spending thousands of dollars to avoid signs of aging or imperfection.
I see people who constantly take pictures of their own faces. They post “selfies” on every social network, yearning for one more like, one more click of approval.
I even see myself, looking into the mirror. I’ll try on three different outfits and not find one that I think is good enough to wear outside. I’ll spend $80 on a new hair style, anything to give my appearance a change for once.
What exactly is it about our appearance that has us so obsessed?
We’ve all heard the theories about pressure put on us by advertising. We’re expected to fit their definition of perfect – slim waist, tan complexion, fit body. These standards are fed to us on commercials, magazine covers, billboards… you name it. They’re shoved in our faces, and few people ever dare to say, “You’re wrong. We don’t have to look like them.”
But we don’t. We don’t have to look how people expect us to. We can dress however we want, eat whatever we want, and do whatever we want to do. It doesn’t matter what people think of our appearance, because of this simple fact:
Our physical appearance is only a very small part of who we are.
We’re also people with dreams, unique personalities, and desires. We aren’t just “that person with wrinkles or a beer gut.” Some of us are mothers, fathers, siblings, or best friends. Each of us thinks with our mind and feels with our heart.
Yes, we have waist sizes, but we also have souls. And that’s what we should be worrying about, what’s on the inside… the things a mirror won’t show us. We’ll never achieve our dreams if we keep letting something as petty as looks get us down.
Focus on who you are deep inside today, and that’s where you’ll find the true beauty.
As always, feel free to comment with your thoughts.