They say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and they aren’t wrong. The beauty we see in the world affects other people and allows them to see beauty as well. Society has told us, especially women, that we are supposed to look and feel a certain way in order to be beautiful. Rarely do we fit this standard, though; it’s so much more important to cultivate your own beauty.
We all have different standards of beauty, and it is up to us to find ourselves beautiful based on our own standards. We should all strive to be confident in our own skin, knowing that our flaws exist without letting them ruin our day. Some things about ourselves are changeable, while other things are not. We have to learn to accept what we cannot change and work to change what we can.
True beauty is from the inside out. We all know people who we think are beautiful, and it might not have anything to do with their appearance. When you love yourself and treat yourself with love, respect, and grace, people follow your example.
We are very visual creatures, but we find ourselves attracted to people of all shapes, sizes, and backgrounds. To attract beauty in our lives we have to be open to people that don’t look like we expect them to. We have to dive into one another’s lives, invest in each other, and support one another through thick and thin. Rather than relying on text messages or social media updates, we have to work to find time to be physically present with one another.
When we first meet someone, whether they are a potential romantic partner or just a friend, we judge them on appearances. How often have you discounted a person, only to find them to be a great friend or a great relationship a few weeks down the road? Our first impressions aren’t always correct, so be sure to give people the benefit of the doubt before fulling discounting them from your life.
We have to remember that physical appearances will change, but our characters will not. We will change, but our personalities, strengths, and true inner beauty will not. If you focus on your inner beauty and strive to become the best version of yourself that you can be, you will find that you attract more happiness in life than if you focus solely on appearances.
Our inner beauty supports our outer beauty, much like a foundation supports a house. Without a strong foundation, outer beauty is just a façade. We should always take care of ourselves, of course, but don’t get so caught up in outward appearances that you forget how to be a good person inside, too.
Lead by example and bring beauty into the world. Appreciate life for what it is and give yourself a bit of grace. None of us are perfect, but we can choose to live and grow each day. Remember that you are beautiful and unique, unlike anyone else. By seeing your own beauty, you can encourage others to do the same.
Letting go of society’s standards is difficult; we have these messages pounded into our brain from magazines to television, articles to other people. Step back from the chaos and think about what it is that makes you happy, and what you really want. Then, run towards those goals and let nothing hold you back.
Give yourself some quiet time during your day to think about yourself and what you are grateful for. Connect with your inner being and give yourself room to breathe, grow, and be. Allow your beauty to flow, and others will notice.