Wednesday, May 9, 2012

This I Believe: Beauty Within

Everyday people spend hours on end trying to look “beautiful.” They pick out fancy clothes, cake on the makeup, and curl their hair, all in an attempt to be perceived as “beautiful.” However, this is a common misconception that many people have. I believe that you don’t always have to look nice and pretty, to truly be beautiful.

Beauty is not about trying to look your best every day; beauty is about the person who takes it as their own, and owns it. A person cannot truly be beautiful without having confidence in who they are and it what they do. How you look is not what makes you beautiful. Treating people with respect and being a good and considerate person is what makes you beautiful. Many people come across someone that may appear sloppy or dress in an odd manner, but is it really fair to judge them based on what they are wearing and what they look like? No. You can’t judge a person based on what they look like and how you perceive them without getting to know them first. When you judge right away, you aren’t allowing yourself to experience the beauty that person has to offer. Beauty is on the inside, not on the outside.

In today’s world, there are Beauty Contests. Their sole purpose is to crown the girl (or sometimes boy) who is the most “beautiful.” When a person in a sparkly dress, smiling so hard it hurts, is “performing” in order to win the biggest crown on stage, they are defeating the purpose of true beauty. You can’t proclaim someone “beautiful” because of how they look with five pounds of makeup on their face, and a poof dress on that manages to take up the whole stage. A judge cannot accurately judge the beauty of this human being without getting to know them first. Instead of worrying about how they look on stage, they should be looking backstage at how they interact with the other contestants and how they treat people. That is what truly makes them beautiful, not how they look with the bright lights shining down on them.

We grow up with the mindset that everyone wants to be beautiful, and that in order to look beautiful you have to look nice. This is not true. You can measure the true beauty of someone by having a conversation with them. It doesn’t matter if they have sweat pants, a sweatshirt, and no makeup on, they can still be beautiful. If everyone would look pass the pretty clothes and makeup, the world would be a more beautiful place.  

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