Being a part of the social media generation has had a huge negative affect on the way in which we can view ourselves. We are surrounded by images of perfectly contoured faces, “perfect” bodies, and what seem to be luxurious lifestyles. Some individuals are comparing themselves and becoming envious of these images, thus failing to remember that we all present an idealised version of ourselves. How many of you take copious amounts of pictures before getting the perfect one? How many of you tense your muscles or hold in your stomach before taking a picture? How many of you have made your day look better than it actually was, by snapping the best 30 seconds of your day or uploading a picture with the perfect scenery? We have all been guilty of at least one of these. The point I am trying to make is, don’t let the images that are circulating on social media make you view yourself or your life any less than others. I have been guilty of this, but I have come to the realisation that nobody is perfect; we all share the best chapters of our lives on social media, but all have our own problems going on in our private lives.
What is beautiful?
Accepting who we are and learning to love ourselves can be a very tough process. Society is constantly telling us that we have to look and be a certain way in order to be considered as beautiful. From a young age, I have been through several stages of trying to change certain aspects of myself in order to “fit in” with societal norms. I have received negative comments about my natural frizzy hair, eczema-prone skin and have also been body shamed. These negative comments have been destructive to my self-confidence, but as I have matured and truly accepted who I am, I realised that those comments are irrelevant to my self-worth. My individuality and imperfections are what make me beautiful, there is no other being in this world that is exactly as I am, and that is my power. I am not saying that I don’t have any insecurities, because I do, but if I want to make any changes within myself, I will do so for me, and only me.
So what is beautiful? My answer is, “be your own kind of beautiful.” Love yourself, and don’t be ashamed to do so. G x