Society holds us all to some very high standards when it comes to the definitions of beauty. What if we could take back our view of ourselves and wildly expand the formula?

Ask any teenager, man, or woman how they feel about their appearance. Most of us would not be surprised to hear a lot of negative responses.

Why is that, when all we have is this one magnificent, and always imperfect, vessel to go through life inhabiting.

I think it’s the constant barrage of magazines and television channels showing us only the best of the best. We grow up and learn that the media has used every trick in the book to alter reality, but when a young and impressionable kid sees all of this relentlessly, it’s easy to understand why many, if not most, of us feel uncomfortable in our own bodies.

How are we supposed to feel good enough?

Well, we stumbled upon a pretty good place to start when it comes to answering that question. SoulPancake teamed up with Darling Magazine to prove that you ARE enough and that you ARE beautiful, despite what society may be telling you.

There are some great points in there.

As a teen growing up in this world strongly bent on criticizing, the comments in the video resonated very strongly with me. Self-esteem and confidence are very hard to achieve, and even after many years of not feeling good enough, I am only now realizing that only I get to decide if I’m good enough. Not anybody else. Even so, there are still days when I feel disgusted with my body.  

But the advice that these women gave one another really seems like it could help.

I don’t need to change myself, my body, or my personality. I just need to change my mindset!  

Diversity and variation are what make the human race beautiful! Let’s celebrate that!

What makes YOU feel the most beautiful, and why?

And most of all, remind your friends and family what makes them beautiful in your eye!

As always,

Be understanding, be passionate, be joyous. But most of all, be yourself.

-Bethany

“If you’re going through hell, keep going.” – Winston Churchill

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Notes:

  1. “Beauty And Body Image | That’s What She Said.” YouTube. SoulPancake, 15 Jan. 2014. Web. 07 Nov. 2016. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Lz6tYh4esY>.

Bethany is an editing and writing intern at Ever Widening Circles.