I don’t always wake up and straighten my hair in the morning. Somedays It’s lucky to see a brush and an elastic band. I rarely do my makeup before class. I often choose to snooze my alarm clock five times instead (maybe even six). It never fails, there I am on campus later thinking, “I hope I don’t run into anyone I know today.” I’m so guilty of not wanting anyone to see me if I didn’t put an hour and a half into getting ready, but I know i’m not the only one who does this. Unfortunately ladies, we all do it. Daily I see people tweet things like, “Sorry if you have to see me today, I look ratchet.”
So, recently I have been thinking, are we only beautiful when we have time to “get beautiful”? I honestly think that somewhere along the way we must have lost the value of the word beautiful.
Maybe you didn’t do your make-up today. You threw your hair into a pony tail. You’re wearing yoga pants or maybe even sweats, a t-shirt, and you’re probably feeling like a 5 on a scale of 1 to 10 right? Well you shouldn’t be.
Such a small amount of what makes you beautiful can be seen by the naked eye. Maybe your hair isn’t done because you stayed up late studying for a test, and you really needed that extra 20 minutes of sleep this morning. Is beauty not a woman dedicated to her education? Maybe your make up isn’t done because you needed that 15 minutes to do laundry and clean before work. Is beauty not a woman who can sustain a household?
We get so consumed with the picture perfect idea of beauty that society has painted. When it’s unrealistic and false. Now ladies, I am not telling you to never do your make up or hair again. Most of us feel better on the inside when we are dressed to impress. So yes, when you have time DRESS UP. DO YOUR MAKEUP. DO YOUR HAIR. But STOP feeling like you’re not beautiful when you don’t. We have to stop believing that our beauty is determined by how much time we spend getting ready in the mornings, the amount of makeup we put on our face, or how perfect the spirals of our curled hair are.
So what really makes you beautiful? Maybe it’s the fact that you got out of bed today, despite a broken heart. Maybe it’s that you’re still trying to so hard in school even though the last couple of weeks you’ve been failing miserably. Maybe you smiled today even though you’re going through something that’s tearing you up inside. Beauty is, feeling like you’re life is falling apart, yet still managing to smile. Beauty is, regardless of whatever situation you may be dealing with, your faith in God is unfailing and unchanged.
We are beautiful because of our strength in time of trial. We are beautiful for the sacrifices we make. We are beautiful because despite the many times someone broke our heart we continue to love. Beauty is not skin deep. So, I challenge you to look deeper when you stare into the mirror.
The truth isn’t always pretty, but you are.