Have you ever looked at a mirror, and just – suddenly – thought, ” Oh wow! I am beautiful”. Has it ever happened that you couldn’t tear your gaze away from your own face?
It happened to me today. I was dressed in my loose t-shirt – one that makes me look like a hippopotamus, but is really comfortable; and I caught my reflection in a store-window, and for a moment my breath caught as I realized that I looked beautiful….in my loose-fitting casual t-shirt; with my hair in my messy ponytail.
This doesn’t happen often for me, and if that’s true for you too, maybe it’s time we ask ourselves – why not?
We spend enough time analyzing our flaws. I have fretted hours before the mirror – bemoaning my bulging belly; complaining about the stubborn zits and pimples; whining about the tangles and split-ends in my hair, the hint of darkness over my lip, the way my glasses make my eyes squint, my non-existing thigh gap, the scar on the bridge of my nose, my wonky front tooth, my bulky and unwieldy arms….the list just goes on and on.
Why did I never take time out to just look at my reflection and think – Yes! I am beautiful.
When my crush looks at me, I blush and look down, because I don’t think I am pretty enough for him. I cringe internally at the thought of him seeing all my imperfections.
But that store-window girl is pretty. If he looks at her, she should be able to look him in the eye, and smile confidently. If I am her, why don’t I?