It has been nine months since I started this blog. The goal of this blog is to document my moments of happiness in my journey to a happy life as well as my struggles and triumphs while trying to be happy. However, I must admit that I haven’t been committed in updating this blog, but now I resolve to post at least one blog entry per week. Not that I have to do this, but I’d like to do it and be committed to it. Today, my entry is about beauty.
Be Your Beautiful Self… It’s the title of Dove’s recent commercial as part of Dove’s Real beauty campaign. I really love all of Dove’s commercials. I love the idea that they are motivating women to celebrate real beauty. In 2011, Dove® released the findings of its largest global study to date on women’s relationship with beauty and the study revealed that only 4% of women around the world consider themselves beautiful. Really?
I used to believe that I’m not pretty or beautiful enough and I envy those who were fairer and prettier than I. My concept of beauty was very superficial and I was unhappy with how I look. However, that was the time when I didn’t know about real beauty.
We usually hear people say this often, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” which means we perceive beauty differently. For one person, I could be the most beautiful woman in the world, but for others, I may look otherwise. Yes, perception of beauty is very subjective; it varies from one person to another. We, ourselves, have our own perception of our own beauty. We tend to believe what other people say about us. For those who have very low self-esteem and self-worth, it is easy for them to believe that they are not beautiful. The fact is, we are all beautiful. It just depends on how we see ourselves and how accepting we are of ourselves.
When I stopped comparing myself with others and started to see myself as a beautiful person, the way I look at myself started to change. Since I started viewing myself as beautiful, I became beautiful in my sight. The way I treated myself also changed. I have become more caring and nurturing of myself. It is amazing how differently I see myself with just a change in the way I look at myself. With the change in mind-set, it has become easy for me to see my worth and own beauty. I am now comfortable in my own skin and in my own beauty, and I celebrate myself for being beautiful inside-out.
I am beautiful just the way I am.