Dear women of the world, rest a while and listen as I tell you of the great powers resting there on your hips, on your breast, in the fibers that twist and twine within your flesh, of the greatness you possess in which I think you need to be reminded.
"Pretty is surface and strength is so much deeper."
As a young woman in the 1960s I defined beauty according to an ideal I saw in magazines -- one I had no hope of meeting. That didn't stop me trying though. I ironed my wild hair, lemon juiced my freckles and did the coconut oil thing in the hope of getting a tan.
I have to remind my daughter that length and/or texture does not determine whether or not someone is pretty. It's just one aspect of that person. But I have to admit, it's sometimes challenging to convince a child that length isn't important when society is so focused on it.
"I’ve come to realize true beauty is what’s within."
To be truly beautiful, it is the understated qualities of beauty which are sustaining. To possess any one of them will increase the experience of your beauty exponentially. Who you are internally is the marker of your influence on the world.
I have to let go of all of those thoughts and doubts and limitations I put on myself personally, professionally, emotionally and physically. I have to trust that I am new. I have to know that I did the work. I have to believe in myself and my new wings as much as those that see me when I soar and glisten do.
Beauty is fleeting, even for those of us who are genetically blessed. We age, we change. Shouldn't the notion of beauty, therefore, be more of a state of mind?
Beauty and confidence come from within. Don't let social standards or a set of numbers determine your perception of your body image or your confidence.