When does our self-confidence start to become debilitated in life and we begin to doubt ourselves? What makes us question ourselves and start to feel insignificant in other peoples eyes? It is all a perception… yet so difficult for us all to see.
When we are little girls… we are full of confidence… nothing can phase us. We are full of life, energetic and our strength is abundant in play. At some point, at this very young age… we fall into a tangled web, as our peers’ question our relevance and we start to doubt our significance. Differences are pointed out loudly and doubt sets in, upon our somewhat immature minds.
This negatively conceived concept of perfection develops and sadly becomes the ideal for young girls to strive for… to fit in with a childhood society as a pecking order develops. The unfortunate part is that it can take many years for these pre-conceived notions to be challenged and overcome.
As young girls develop through their teenage years and grow into young women, these perceptions are carried into adulthood and can burden our personal relationships. Inferiority complexes have become the norm and media continues to depict the symbol of perfectionism as beauty without flaws. Visual attractiveness becomes the image for one to endeavor to assume. What are we teaching our young women and our young men of today?
As women are exploited on television and in magazines, our society is sending this message that perfection with our looks is the ideal. We place unnecessary pressure on these young developing minds, that our appearance is more significant than personality, behaviour and attitude. Those less fortunate in the beauty department are left feeling inadequate and unworthy. Self-confidence has been lost and takes years for one to resurrect.
Women can spend a great part of their lives, feeling inadequate and defective in some way. They then feel accustomed with these faulty impressions and perceive that their partners will see the vulnerability beneath. Men become confused as to what role women play in our society… beauty or brains… one to look at and one to hold. They may fail to realise that women are far more complex than either.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder… and this rings true. But beauty is far more than being skin deep. Beauty is a package of love, emotions, attitude, behaviour and values. Attraction is complicated and not something to be evaluated.
Beauty is not in our appearance… real beauty is in our overall take on life and our confidence to be who we are. It is our passion, our natural ability, our differences… those special little quirks that make you distinct and stand out in this world. Everybody has something that makes them special, allowing them to shine with their true beauty when it is discovered.
We are who we are and why would you want to be anybody else. Be true to yourself and own who you are. Show the world what makes you tick… show the world that perfection is a myth and you are worthy just the way you are.
Kindness, compassion and an understanding for others are the real qualities that make us beautiful. There is no need to strive for perfection. Our flaws are what make us unique. If you always look for perfection, you will never be content. Have faith that you are perfect just the way you are.
We can always strive for personal growth to benefit ourselves in our health, our mind and our wellbeing… but not competition or comparison. Love the person you are. Flabby arms, speech impairments, baldness, lack of coordination, shyness, wobbly tummy, big nose, cross-eyes or a physical limp… does not define who you are. They are just imperfections that should be accepted and thought about no more.
Our flaws and imperfections are the beautiful attributes that make us unique. There is an untold story beneath each and every attribute. Claim those stories… claim your individuality. Our behaviour is not perfect either, we are all human. Our mistakes are our lessons in life. Learn the lesson and move on.
Too much of our life is wasted upon how we think we should hide, disguise or shield those unimportant visual discrepancies and our misaligned conduct. We are what we are and we must feel comfortable in our own skin. We need to boost each other up and encourage everyone to reveal the real beauty within, rather than battle a comparison war and feelings of inadequacy.
Love yourself first and foremost… then you will attract others into your life naturally and not by any false means of advertising. You will be happier and more content if you allow yourself to be confident and believe in yourself. Those little things that make up who you are… is what really makes you beautiful. Believe you are beautiful and the world will see that you truly are.
Take care, Karen
“The biggest challenge of life is to be yourself
in a world that is trying to make you like everyone else.”
~ Author Unknown