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Hello, My Name Is: Beautiful!

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“Do you think I’m pretty?
I think you’re beautiful.
Beautiful?
You are so beautiful, it hurts sometimes.” - Richelle Mead, Vampire Academy

“You are altogether beautiful, my darling, and there is no blemish in you! - Song of Solomon 4:7
I won’t walk the road of circumstance that led me to feel ugly. That stretch of highway is a bit too painful. Even as I type the memories shred. They tempt with falsities, asking me to walk down the unbidden road of self-loathing and self-pity. It has taken me all of 34 years to understand what it means to be beautiful: a beauty that transcends human desire and human ideals.

I think this is a common thread in a woman’s life. We are taught at a young age not to accept ourselves. We don’t take praise easily. We undermine the things we have done well. Like a bitter pill, we swallow admiration. It is as if by not completely accepting our worth we retain some semblance of humility. How did we come to believe this form of rejection is a healthy characteristic …