What Beauty Is To Me
by Kira Taylor
Beauty, to me, is being comfortable with who you are inside and out; loving every little inch of you from the color of your eyes to your birthmarks and warrior scars! Self love is about not letting anybody change how you feel about yourself and your body.
Media majorly influences our views on ourselves. There are so many build boards, magazines, commercials, tv shows, etc. that pretty much tell us girls and guys that we must look a certain way to be considered beautiful or hot. Most of the time the media tells us that the stereotypical gorgeous lady is tall and skinny but not everyone can look like that. A model should be able to look any way.
We are taught to love ourselves for who we are but how can we when every source out in the world pretty much tells us that we aren’t unless we fit a certain height/weight requirement?! I remember how I used to look at those girls and think that for me to be pretty. I should look like them. I was majorly self-conscious with the scars I have (1 from a picc line mishap on my arm and the other from surgery to put my shunt tubing in my stomach). I remember being afraid to wear bathing suits that weren’t one piece or at least covering my stomach somewhat because of the scar. I wasn’t comfortable with that being a part of me because I felt like I would get looks from people.
About a year and a half ago I finally fell in love with my warrior scars because they each hold a story; therefore, I am not afraid to show them anymore. Everybody needs to fall in love with themself sometime during their life. In my opinion, it is best to do it earlier than late because life is so much better when you are comfortable in your own skin and you embrace who you are.
Embrace the awesome qualities you have such as the way you laugh, your happy dance and especially the natural you which could be known as the no-makeup-on you, the shy you, the outgoing you, the movie fanatic you, etc. Just be you ALL the time, no matter where you are and who you are with!