Beauty: Who Defines?

Well, we all know the saying “Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder”- Margaret Wolfe Hungerford. Yes! this quote is true but to a certain extent. There are people that still look in the mirror and believe that they are ugly or not good enough. It is either the notion their environment has succeeded selling to them or the group of people they have decided to hang around. Humans are very quick to classify people based on their appearances. Think about it.. Even when you were younger, the so-called “pretty girls” are the ones you wanted to be your friends. Where did we learn that from, we do not know!

I believe everyone walks a totally different path in life. Some have it smoother than others. I remember when I was in secondary school, I was not popular at all. To be honest, I was just happy being the one who just had my own group of friends who did their own thing. There were days where I was bullied and robbed of my confidence and I am sure I was not the only one but it did not stop that the fact that I did not have a high view of myself at a young age.

Now to think of it we were all young people from different backgrounds and trying to impose it on others. 

Yes, it was, but thank God for wisdom! When university came my mindset shifted, I knew this was another chance to reset my life, mindset and identity. I began to choose my friends wisely. Anyone that talked down on me or try to over-esteem themselves around me were instantly eliminated. I began to behold the beauty I saw within myself and let it exude out of me. 

Sadly, not everyone went the same route as I did. However, it is never too late to reset your standards, mindset, appearance. Look within yourself figure out what and who you do not need in your life. There are people that come into your life and things become better all of a sudden. Then there are some that make it a mess and leave you in it. This is something that is not taught in our school system but has to be self-taught. Wisdom is a great deal in knowing who you are, what defines you and who defines you.

Be the best version of you! 

Love Always,

Liz Fashanu

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