You have heard it often enough ‘Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder.’ I truly subscribe to that statement.

The media portrays an image of what is beautiful, for a girl, that is. Girls in high school have an image of what is beautiful which is very different than what women in their 30′s and 40′s think if what is beautiful. Men in their 30′s and 40′s have a very definite idea of what is beautiful, not very different from men in their 60′s and 70′s. However boys in their teens have a different idea it would seem.

While most of the world are busy trying to lose weight and combat the battle of the bulge – I wonder if many even wonder what it is like to be too thin? Do they have an idea what it is like to be made fun of because you cannot put on weight and have no figure so to speak.

Girls in high school want to be tall and thin but curvy, clear skin great hair – like the air brushed images you see in the magazines. Women in their 30′s and 40′s often want to see themselves as they did when they were in their 20′s. But marriage and childbirth usually has taken a toll on the body. Men in their 30′s and 40′s, however, admire their wife’s mature figure – (they better admire it if they know what is good for them) while their wife’s wish they had their pre-pregnancy figure. Men in their 60′s and 70′s are smart cause they make it a point to publicly admire they wife (figure and all) cause they have figured out what is good for them. However the boys in their young teens are trying to fit in and say what their peers are saying.

It has taken me a while to figure it out and lots of ‘You are so beautiful’ to separate the wheat from the chaff. Beauty is relative – when someone says you are beautiful- sometimes they truly mean it – but other times – it is because they feel ugly.

Beauty is from within.

If you are confident and care about yourself and those around you – it shows on the outside.
If you are passionate and not afraid to face life – it shows on the outside.
If you are happy with who you are and what you do – it shows on the outside.

And that, my friends, is beauty.

So are you beautiful? You most definitely are.

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