I saw this video on my FaceBook feed this morning, and it touched me deep inside.
All my life I have been painfully aware of my looks. I am too heavy, my bust is too big, my hair is too long/short, I don’t feel beautiful, and on and on. I know a lot of it came from being bullied; however, I was the one who kept it going inside my head.
I am coming out of it now as I find it easier to love myself for who I am and not try to be something different for every person in my life. Just the other day I had this awesome thought that “Hey if my Hubby and others think I am beautiful just the way I am, why do I keep beating myself up about it.” On the days I am feeling better physically, I look better and on the days I am not, I don’t. It is who I am and if others can accept it, so can I.
So, how does this relate to a video of a woman giving others permission to cut and shave her hair off in the middle of Times Square? At first, the people around can’t believe their eyes. Why would she let complete strangers touch her hair? The women are the most horrified by it.
Finally, the first person comes up and cuts off a good chunk and the young woman thanks them. She is blindfolded so she can’t see who is doing what. Finally, as more people come up and take their turn, other young women are thanking her for being brave and for giving this message. They are calling her beautiful for what she is doing… regardless of whether she has hair or not.
I suffer from chronic mental and physical illnesses. Whether I am in a major pain flare or a deep depression and walk around all day in PJ’s, or my pain and moods are at manageable levels, I am beautiful.
I am beautiful because I choose to face each day head on.
I am beautiful because I dress in whatever makes me feel the best at any given time.
I am beautiful because I have accepted my situation.
I am beautiful because God made me
I am beautiful.