Ashley (my friend who by the way, counsels and mentors thousands of young adults every year) starts off by defining beauty. "Beauty is defined by Webster as 'the quality of being physically attractive.' To me, for some reason, that definition is so sad" and shallow, if you ask me! Ashley goes on to list five things she wishes she could go back and tell her teenage self all those years ago about what beauty really is.
Here are her top-5:
- Let your beauty be defined by who you are.
- Your outward beauty fades...absolute truth.
- Beauty can be found in everyone.
- Physical beauty isn't bad, but be careful.
- You are beautiful. (yes, YOU!)
She elaborates more on each point and you can read the entire article here. I enjoyed the read and it made me think about what beauty really is especially as I'm currently visiting family and a loved one who is in hospice at the moment. Suddenly when you are faced with life and death situations, beauty takes on a whole new meaning.
Let me challenge you to look at beauty in new ways this week. Get out of your box and expand your definition of beauty. I so wish we as a society would embrace this. What would our world look like if we started to celebrate real beauty, not just outward good looks? The world would change, that's what would happen. But that doesn't matter. What matters is you AND I start seeing beauty differently. Change begins with you and me.
…..By the way, in case no one told you today, you, yes YOU are beautiful. -- Be YOU. Be real. Be authentic. BeYOUtiful, yes YOU!
Read Ashley's entire blog entry here.