You stand in front of a mirror and cringe at the sight of yourself:
bulging tummy, crooked teeth, scars, legs without gaps.
You remember the models in beauty magazines, the advertisements
that say: lose, erase, blur. You’re not good enough until you disappear.
You compare yourself to them and feel ugly.
Well darling, learning how to embrace your flaws is not easy.
But you shouldn’t treat your body like an apology.
You shouldn’t feel sorry for the softness of your tummy,
for the breakouts, for the dark circles under your eyes.
You are good enough.
It’s what’s on the inside that matters, after all.
You are not what you see, but what you feel towards what you see.
You are only as beautiful as you believe yourself to be.
So the next time you look at yourself in the mirror,
smile and say, I’m beautiful. Because you are.
life hack: remember to compliment people on qualities other than their looks. remind them of their kindness, thoughtfulness, and intelligence. tell them about how powerful and capable they are.