Rebekah Honeycutt

Light and Love be with you!

A Thought: Beauty and Self-Esteem

My grandmother was an incredible lady that I cherished very much. She would always have words of wisdom to shove down my throat when I was doing something I shouldn’t. The one thing I remember the most is her telling me, “Beauty is only skin deep,” with a disapproving face. Of course this was a regular conversation around the house in my pre-teen and teenage years.

Over the years, I have repeated these words in my head, thinking I knew exactly what they meant. In all reality, I knew what she told me they meant to her. To her, it meant that you may be beautiful on the outside, but there is more work to do to recreate that beauty on the inside. I respect her belief; it makes a lot of sense. The problem is her belief doesn’t truly follow the words in this part of the quote.

I was looking up this quote today, and found the rest of it. “Beauty is only skin deep, but ugly goes straight to the bone.” Now, her description makes more sense. My grandmother would tell me I was being ugly when I was doing something unfavorable, or when she was disappointed in something I had said. With this quote- it makes perfect sense why she thought that.

The problem I have with this quote is that it can hurt someone’s self-esteem, especially in those pre-teen and teen years. I have met so many beautiful people in my life, and none of which I have judged only on outward appearance. Self-Esteem is something that has to be built from within, so isn’t beauty only within?

I have always had issues with my self-esteem. At times, I could look in the mirror, and feel ugly both outside and in. Other times, I could look at the same person and find all of the qualities I love about myself. Since I have become older, I try to only look at those qualities. These are the things that make me unique, that make me love myself. They are not only physical attributes, they are the things I know about myself.

Yes, I have become larger than I was in High School, but I’m happier then I was in High School. Yes, I try to relax more because running around all the time is a waste of my life. Now, I stop on the side of the road to look at the scenery. I take the extra time to stretch when I wake up. I stop everything I am doing to clean the house, and sit with my son and watch a cartoon. I attack my son with love and hugs and get into the fight about who loves who more.

I may not have the most beautiful inside or outside that can be found in this world, but to me, I am more beautiful than I have ever been. By trying to be a good person in general, giving to others freely, extending a helping hand, smiling when I pass someone, and loving everyone I meet, I am the person that I want to be. My self-esteem is higher, my insides are gorgeous, and my outward appearance has a smile. This gives me the right to say I am beautiful.

I know self-esteem can be a large and constant battle within you. Think about it as beauty only resides inside of you, can you say that you are beautiful? Do you feel that you are beautiful? What would make you feel the beauty that you possess?

Take that quote we discussed and change it. Beauty is not only skin deep, Beauty is only within you. I think my grandmother would agree with that statement. What are your thoughts on this?

She had beauty inside and out!

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