We are told from a young age that “beauty comes from within.” However, as we grow up that theory doesn’t seem to ring true. We’re inundated with beauty experts and fashion magazines picking apart our flaws and telling us how we could have better hair, be thinner, or hide our imperfections with makeup.
At some point, the majority of people realize that what we were taught when we were younger is true: beauty does come from within.
All of the imperfections we were teased or made to feel bad about are what makes us unique, which in turn makes us beautiful!
Recently, life coach Summer Engman penned a blog on HuffPost entitled, “It’s Time To Admit That We Are Enough.” In the post, she stresses the importance of looking inside of ourselves for self-worth instead of seeking validation from others.
“Admitting we already are enough and have enough is to make an acknowledgment that God, or the universe, or whatever you want to call it, has already given us everything we need in order to have a meaningful experience in this life,” Engman wrote. “It’s to acknowledge that, in fact, we are perfect already.”
Here are nine people who learned to love what makes them unique. You may find a lot of inspiration in their words:
Curtis says: “Growing up, I saw my thick, coarse and curly hair as a curse. No matter what style I attempted to achieve, it would always end up as the same unruly mess that my classmates deemed a Brillo pad or a bad take on a Ronald McDonald coiffé. Trying to manage it in the mornings or in the hands of an inexperienced barber was a challenging — and painful — experience, too. For years, I thought I’d solved this problem by buzzing it off right down to the scalp, but ultimately this was not a flattering or unique look either. These days, I feel inspired by stars like Darren Criss and Adrian Grenier in having learned to embrace my curls. A good conditioner is necessary and I certainly don’t wake up like this, but I take great pride in knowing I’ll never go bald.”
Julia says: “I call the goofy white bump on my tongue a birthmark, even though I’m confident that’s not the technical term. When I was born, my mom thought it was a tooth. I named it Juan in 5th grade because naming birthmarks is perfectly normal behavior for 11-year-olds, I guess. It’s been tested about 17 times — always benign — but my oral surgeon once suggested he remove it for ‘aesthetic’ reasons. Ever since then, I’ve been fully committed to keeping it around. Mostly because I’m enormously stubborn, but also because It’s part of what makes me awesome.”
Alanna says: “I grew to love my hands as I got older. A few compliments here and there made me realize that my crooked fingers were perfectly imperfect. And that made them beautiful.”