5.10.2015

BEAUTY is a Verb

Hi everyone! Happy Mother's Day to all of the mamas that are reading! I hope your day is as beautiful as you are! :) 

This week in Girl Rising, the girls and I talked about beauty. The concept of beauty is something that we can all relate to, no matter what age. We all want it, we spend our whole lives trying to attain it in its most perfect form, and our definition of it changes throughout time. The problem, though, is that most of us never truly feel like we have captured it. It's easy for us to see beauty in others, but it's much more difficult for us to see it in ourselves. I know that for me, I have plenty of moments where I feel beautiful but it's never been something that I feel like I've attained completely. Lately, though, I've been thinking that maybe we've got it all wrong. Maybe the definition of beauty is what's binding us from consistently feeling beautiful. Maybe the definition is putting the power in someone else's hands instead of our own. 

If you look up the word beauty in the dictionary, it gives this definition: 

(noun)
1. the quality present in a thing or person that gives intense pleasure or deep satisfaction to the mind, whether arising from sensory manifestations, a 
meaningful design or pattern, or something else.
2. a beautiful person, especially a woman. 
3. a beautiful thing, as a work of art or a building. 

Something important to notice is that beauty is defined as a noun. A thing, a quality, something that we possess. But how can we get it? Beauty is so subjective in nature that one person's beauty is never the same as someone else's. Our beauty is defined by a label that someone else assigns us. We allow others to determine our beauty rather than claiming it on our own. It's human nature to compare ourselves to others and try to fit in with society's standard of beauty, but what is our role in the definition? Where do I stand in defining my beauty? 

Beauty is a verb. 

Beauty is getting part of speech reassignment surgery. Let's change the way we think of beauty. Instead of leaving it in the hands of someone else, let's claim it as our own.  Beauty is something you do, not just something you have.  Every morning when we wake up, we have the power to make the conscious decision to be beauty-full. Beauty is a way of life. It's making the choice the see past the ugliness and negativity in your life. It's choosing to love your flaws just the way the way they are. It's choosing to push past your insecurities with a smile on your face. It's actively making the decision to look in the mirror and say "I am enough" even others make you feel like you don't deserve it. From now on, let's be in control of our own beauty. 


I am choosing to live my life beautifully



I am enough. I am worth it. I am beautiful. 

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