“Because You’re Worth It”
Not long ago, I was listening to a report on National Public Radio. The spotlight was on the importance of skin bleaching in some Asian countries. Immediately my mind skipped continents and I thought about how sunless tanning has become all the rage in our nation.
The business of beauty produces billions of dollars in profit annually. In any given drug store or beauty supply chain, rows of relaxers that promise glossy, straight hair vie for our attention against rows of perm kits which guarantee the opposite – thick, luxurious curls. Numerous shades of hair dye sit next to “bottles of blond” on the same shelves and special centers now exist where you can add curves here, remove a double chin there, and be back to work in a day or two.
Do I have a problem with all this “beautification”? NO, of course not. Be the best version of yourself that you can be. As they say, “if the barn door needs paintin’, paint it.” However, ( you knew there would be a “but” or a “however”, didn’t you?) lets be careful of the message we send to our kids.
A person’s potential can become clouded by self-doubt and low self-esteem. Thoughts like “When I’m thinner then I’ll be a lot happier.” or “People would like me more if I were just prettier.” can cause us to miss the real point. It’s whats on the inside. That’s where true beauty lives.
Yes, put your best foot forward, present yourself in a well polished and attractive manner. But realize that beauty encompasses all shapes, sizes, colors, and body types. Don’t waste good potential by failing to appreciate and celebrate what you already have. Believe in yourself because you’re worth it.