Dare you to dare, to be you.
When did beauty become one thing? At what point did we all start to believe that something beautiful looks the same every? I’ve always been a firm believer that beauty is never just one thing, it looks different to each person. However, today’s society challenges this at every opportunity, as we all appear to be striving for the same. The same look, the same goal, the same life. The same achievement. At what point did we get lost in what society determines pretty, that we forgot to be unapologetically ourselves? If I was asked two years ago to define “beautiful” I’d have said something along the lines of a slim, toned body. Long beautiful natural hair, glowing clear skin, a pretty smile and a petite figure. Now this evidently just encompasses appearance, likely because at the time, appearance was the only thing I considered that could be beautiful. If you were to ask me now what I consider “beautiful” to be I’d say waking up feeling content, family, goals that fill me with satisfaction, music that inspires me, smiling so genuinely that you’re blissfully unaware you’re smiling, getting through the day without comparing myself to anyone else…. Oh, and not to mention a mans arms. Hey, we all have our thing. I’m not implying that appearance can’t be beautiful. Of course it can, but what I’m saying is that there is so much more to “beautiful” than appearance. It’s only when we start to consider this that our mind is open to possibility and interpretation of beauty. What I might find inexplicably beautiful may not light the same type of fire in someone else, but that’s not to say it isn’t beautiful. When we all consider beauty to be just one thing we’re denying ourselves the opportunity to not only experience everything that this world can offer, but to fearlessly be ourselves. Like what you like, and like it with every ounce of you. Be who you want to be, and be it with every part of you. Eventually societal stereotypes won’t bear such a weight in your mind and you’ll experience the freedom of thinking and being.