For a long time, I used my imperfections against myself. I could easily ramble off a long list of them, but that’s not relevant. What is relevant, is what I now know to be true. What makes us different and imperfect is what makes us beautiful.
Some of the most wonderful things in nature are imperfect. Have you ever tasted an ugly ripe tomato? I can tell you, they are FAR more delicious than their beautiful, perfectly red & round on the vine counterparts. In fact, for years, tomatoes have been grown for looks, not taste. Huh. Well doesn’t that sound familiar. Even tomatoes are judged by how they look, not their substance.
The messages are clear. You can’t turn on a TV, open a magazine or browse social media without getting the message that perfect is what’s expected. Every product advertisement is trying to fix whatever imperfections you have. Skin too oily? There’s a product to make it perfect. Skin too dry? That’s not perfect either, so here’s a product for that.
Look, I love makeup and beauty products and hair color a lot, and in no way am I advocating against them. What I care about is the motivation behind them. I color my hair because I love bright red hair. I use makeup because I choose to enhance certain features. It’s when we get caught up in the eternal striving for perfection, that we risk becoming those round, bright red tomatoes…that have very little taste.
Ugly ripe tomatoes had to fight for their place in stores, but they got it. Substance won. Imperfect won. Their beauty is so much more than what’s on the surface. They are odd and imperfect and beautiful, and I love them…just like me.
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