Yesterday at work, a woman in her late 60’s asked me about my hair as I was ringing up her purchase. She asked if I was letting the grey grow out or if I was just now turning grey. I proceeded to tell her that I had decided almost a year ago to stop coloring it. And her comment made me pause.... She said that she wished she was brave enough to do the same, but that the Prom queen in her would never let it happen. She said thinks beauty is a curse. To which I responded, I guess I was never cursed with beauty, because I didn’t ever have the problem of a Prom queen. And then the story I had repeated for YEARS to myself and others came right to the front of my mind. The story of my youth was one of being invisible, unseen, unloved, a shadow. I was a proclaimed wallflower. Easily mistaken as something less than desired. I had never gone to a prom or even been asked to a date dance. And I have believed for most of my life that I was anything but cursed with beauty. I can remember the first time a stranger complimented my smile. It shocked me. I was 19 yrs old and had braces for the first time. I tell you this old story because I didn’t realize how it had shaped me.
Today, I believe the curse is not beauty, but our perception of what makes us beautiful. To me, beauty comes from authentically expressing the uniqueness of who you are. No matter what anyone else says, your beauty is a reflection of YOUR beliefs about who you are. I didn’t FEEL beautiful, and my life reflected that. All that changed though, as I changed what I believed about myself. I AM beautiful. And I feel that now.
Call me a late bloomer, but I feel like the most beautiful wallflower at the dance.
So today, if you are a wallflower or a prom queen- stand tall and stand brave in the knowing that you ARE beauty. And that beauty has nothing to do with the skin your wearing, it comes from the love contained within the skin.
It only took me 45 yrs to believe that for myself. ️ Photo @thescottcrain
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