Today I was doing my summer class assignment. We are reading How to Read a Book by Mortimer Alder, and a certain line he wrote struck me profoundly.
It reads, “Beauty is harder to analyze than truth.” A fairly simple sentence, to be sure, but I found that it contains much depth.
It is relatively hard for a woman (or anyone, really) to look at herself (or himself) and realize that she (or he) is completely and truly beautiful. We often only see what is given to us on the outside when we look in the mirror, or, as is the case in this generation, the front facing camera of your smartphone.
In fact, you’ve probably already looked in the mirror today and picked out a few things you don’t like about your appearance. That unpleasant and unexpected pimple that popped up on your face overnight? Yes, it’s there, and that’s the truth. That gigantic bruise that somehow manages to be green and purple at the same? It’s on your left arm, it’s true. Don’t let this discourage you, though. You can name any number things that you don’t like about your body, but that doesn’t mean that you’re not beautiful.
Anything beautiful is worth searching for. We’ve got to look past “imperfections” that surface our skin. I use quotations because imperfections are only seen as such because they are measured to our ideal of the perfect human body. But the thing is, these so-called imperfections are not what makes you, you. In fact, we are so much more than what we appear to be on the outside. Our generation focuses so much on what we look like. The mentality of so many people is, “I need to look appealing to be of worth,” when that in itself couldn’t be further from the truth. Our bodies are only half of who we are. It sounds cliche, but it’s something that needs to be said. More importantly, it needs to be heard.
Each and every one of us has a soul. It’s beauty is expressed through our character. Our thoughts and actions towards ourselves and others. The kindness we show to everyone around us, even our offenders. Love. Some may love more than others, but we are all beautiful, and that is a truth.
Keep your head up,