Friday, September 25, 2009
I have been continuing to think/ponder about my poor self-image. (see previous blog) I really want to feel comfortable in a "new" physical body. I've been thinking about what are beautiful (physically) attributes that I recognize in others. Sure there's the "Hollywood standard" beauty. I have certainly seen those types of people in my everyday experience. But how many times have I told my friends to stop whining because I see them as beautiful? What do I see that they do not? What do they see in me that I do not?
I think physical beauty can be so much more than the Hollywood standard. I see beauty in the way someones eyes light-up. The smile that comes across their face. Ever notice how beautiful a face looks when it's laughing? I see beauty in a body that is held erect, walks with a determined step, carries itself with confidence. That kind of physical beauty is achievable no matter what size your body appears. I can attain that now.
I also think that a great haircut, makeup application, and skin regimen are contributing factors in physical beauty. I don't believe anyone is flawless. I do believe that we all have our good/better/best days when it comes to "putting ourselves together". I don't believe we are only beautiful with our hair and make-up done either. Ever notice how someone can look overdone or tired due to bad make-up? Sometimes the most "beautiful" moments happen with no effort at all. Ever noticed how amazing someone looks just waking up in the morning? Or, after swimming?
They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I need to start accepting compliments as being 'truth' from the people giving them. A thank you is in order; but absolutely NO denials! I also need to start 'beholding' my own beauty.
How about you?