It’s 11:29 pm and I’m scrolling through Instagram for the thirty thousandth time today.
I see posts of happy people, pretty people.
People living their best lives, cuz ya know… that’s what you see on the internet.
Then I see all the ads.
Buy this and look pretty.
Wear this and look pretty.
Eat this and hey… you’ll finally look pretty.
That’s basically the message that’s constantly being force-fed down our throat these days.
A message that sadly translates to “you are not enough.”
As a mom to an 8 month old baby girl, it makes me want to cry.
Because sure, I’ve got thick skin and I can deal with it, but I’m not so sure about her. Not yet, anyway.
We live in a society that tells people – especially young girls – that there’s one standard of beauty.
You’ve gotta have Kylie Jenner’s lips, Kim’s be-hind, and a teeny tiny waist – totally achievable with a little lipo.
This makes me fucking mad.
And yes, I have to add the “fucking” because that’s how mad it makes me.
Why can’t we teach our daughters instead to celebrate who they are – just as they are?
Why can’t we teach them that beauty comes in different shapes and forms and that their uniqueness is beauty in and of itself?
How different would the world be if we did that?
Very different – and that’s the point.
We’ve gotten to a place where everyone pretty much looks the same. Or at least, tries to.
Same clothes. Same shoes. Same makeup.
Same butt. Same boobs. Same face, even.
So if you’re reading this, listen to me loud and clear.
And you’re perfect.
Just the way you are.
Don’t let anyone tell you differently.
Don’t feel sad if you don’t fit in.
Learn to love your body and embrace every last imperfection – because it’s you.
And you’re awesome.
And there’s so much power in believing that.
Hey you, you’re beautiful.
In case you haven’t heard that in a while.