“If you look closely at a tree, you’ll notice its knots and dead branches, just like our bodies. What we learn is that beauty and imperfection go together wonderfully.” – Matthew Fox
Why is it that when we look in the mirror, our eyes suddenly turn into a zoom lens, and the first thing we focus on is something we want to change? It’s as if the zoom lens is always focused on our imperfections. Whether you have a lisp, knobby knees, mole, wrinkles, widow’s peak or pudgy nose, everything about you makes you who you are meant to be. Interestingly enough, sometimes it’s the imperfections that make us beautiful inside and out. Have you ever had a friend with a unique laugh, and whenever they let it out, it made you smile? What about someone’s freckles – have you ever noticed how cute they really are? When was the moment you stopped believing your parents that you were “the most precious thing in the world”?
As time goes on, we are programmed to believe we aren’t good enough. We are brainwashed by designers, celebrities, peers and more that we must attain picture-perfect beauty and bronze, but everyone in this world is different. Even the ones we would signify as flawless know they are far from it. Everyone has an attribute they label as an “imperfection,” but often, those imperfections are what make us unique. Before looking in the mirror and concentrating on what you want to change, consider focusing on the features you love instead. You are precious, you are a gift, and you are beautifully and wonderfully made. Refocus the lens and look past your quirks. Embrace who you are, and learn to love yourself, love every inch of yourself.
Sabrina Short, Staff Writer