We're all so good at giving people compliments. Just think about how many you've given just since this morning. Odds are, at least one. But did you give yourself a compliment? Not likely. The lack of self-love, and self-worth out there has become completely disturbing to me. Why is it so easy for us to point out good things about others, but we can't find one thing about ourselves that we love? We're all so beautiful, and unique.
Being different these days is apparently a crime. We all try so hard to fit in, and we ridicule those who are different from ourselves. There are people in this world that not only dislike themselves, they are ashamed of who they are. How can we live in 2011, yet little boys are beaten up in their school bathrooms because someone found out they were gay? We claim to be so progressive, yet we're still living much our lives to fit an outdated standard. Women still make significantly less in the workplace compared to their male counterparts. Gay marriage is still banned in many states, and frowned upon in the states in which it is legal. Bi-racial couples still get smirks and underhanded comments while walking arm and arm down the street. Church groups boycott soldier's funerals with signs that say "God hates Gays." What is wrong with us?
We are a very hypocritical society. We all like to play dress-up, and fake a smile for the world around us, but we're dying on the inside. How can we be living if we hate everyone around us, and we even hate ourselves? I believe we all need to take a good, long look in the mirror. We can change our appearance on the outside, sure. But we can't change what's just under the surface with Botox. We can lie to ourselves, and say everything is okay, but the truth always comes out in the end. If you're ugly on the inside, you're ugly on the outside too.
I see being different, and being proud of who you are, as the most beautiful thing on earth. We are all equals, but being equal doesn't mean we have to fit into any molds. In order to love someone, we need to be able to love ourselves first. I want to start a movement. Every morning we should wake up, look in the mirror, and find one thing about ourselves that is beautiful. Own that beauty, and share it with the world. When someone compliments you, don't shrug it off, say thank you. Then find something beautiful about that person, and share it with them. Start a chain reaction. A chain reaction of love. Love can move mountains, and open minds. If we're going to improve this world we live in, it all has to start with love. Love for ourself, and love for our fellow man (and woman).
So here's my question for you: What is beautiful about you?
Lindsey. Twenty-Five. Currently pursuing a degree in Professional Writing & Film Studies.