To all you beautiful women,
I saw this quote the other day and wanted to share: "Be your own kind of beautiful." It got me thinking...
In a culture that defines beauty by what's on the latest issue of a glossy magazine or by what's on TV, I think it can be easy to receive a twisted definition of what beauty is.
I was talking to some women the other day who told me that the undergraduate university (at which I attend my graduate program) does a survey at the beginning and end of every undergraduate's attendance. Most females said that they came in with more confidence than what they left with.
At first this shocked me, but when I truly thought about it I wasn't surprised and that deeply saddened me. Colleges and universities are the perfect environment for gossip, judgment & hook-up cultures to grow. They can also be amazing places of growth and these negative things don't necessarily happen everywhere- I'm not denying that, but school can also be places in which one feels viewed under a microscope.
I remember my freshman year well-I compared myself to all of the females around me. I worried that I didn't dress cute enough or wasn't pretty enough-until, I realized through my mentors, friends and God that I was my own kind of beautiful.
When I heard about this survey, I wanted to march over to the college and coral every female into a room and tell them what I learned in college. If I was to write my freshman year self a letter it would say:
You might feel like you are in an awkward stage of growth right now, but let me tell you this girl, you are beautiful. You have your own unique personality, style and way of seeing the world- and it's beautiful. Your innocence and naitivity you sometimes get made fun of for? That's what makes you so special. Don't feel like you need to be like every other girl you see. Yes, they are beautiful, too, but they aren't you. Therefore, you don't need to mirror them.
Find yourself and be confident in who you are. You are going to learn and grow so much these next four years. You are going to have difficult moments and amazing moments. Both will help you go stronger and into the woman you will become. Be thankful for each moment, for each moment is a chance to grow and stand strong in your own beauty.
Always be your own kind of beautiful.
|freshman year me :)|
-And to you beautiful women who read this: I hope you know how truly beautiful you are. If someone hasn't told you it lately, let me; You. Are. Beautiful.
So, I encourage you and myself to remember and always be,
Our Own Kinds of Beautiful.