"Mirror, mirror, on the wall, am I not the fairest of them all?" With a quick wink and joyful smile at my reflection in the mirror, I'd be out the door, skipping along. This routine had become a part of my daily life; I no longer had to even think about it. I was so full of myself. I thought I was pretty darn cool, too. I was always THAT girl at school - you know, the one that every other girl envied. I knew it. But, I didn't care about anyone else's feelings. I was just glad that I was the one that got asked out every day, that could have any guy I wanted. Blond hair, blue eyes, I had it all.
One day, everything changed. I stood in my room, my image staring back at me. I began asking myself what the definition of "beauty" was. Was there a certain appearance that everyone HAD to have in order to be beautiful? Was it mapped out? Was I beautiful?
Quickly, I snapped out of it, laughing at myself. Of course I was! I was ashamed to even question it. For some reason, though, no matter how hard I tried, I absolutely couldn't get it out of my head. That whole day at school, I couldn't concentrate. I was too busy wondering . . . What is true beauty? Really, what is it?
Suddenly, it hit me.
I told myself for the first time in my life that I was not beautiful.
I felt ugly.
I felt terrible.
This day was a very important day for me. I discovered that I was doing it all wrong. Instead of getting my hair and make-up perfect, I should have been having a major personality check. Over the next week, I thought more and more about the true meaning of beauty. I apologized to anyone I had possibly offended, and I even tried to be their friends. Eventually I came to the conclusion that once again, I was truly beautiful; but in a much different way. Rather than by physical appearance, I was now focusing on others. What really matters is kindness, love, and putting others first. To this day, I have tried to drop the beauty products, and lend a helping hand. Here's a voice of encouragement -- I'm proud of myself now, and I feel so much better about how I live my life.
Now, you try.