Working with (and loving) what you’ve got. By the Autumn of our years, we have learned to accept and love our individual beauty . . . right? As a teen, I used to page through Seventeen Magazine and pick the girls I’d rather look like. Naturally they were quite my opposites: long, straight hair, slim hips, perfect smiles. I had curly/unruly brown hair, was a bit chubby and had a crooked smile.
Now, though I still thumb through fashion and style Instagrams, I don’t find myself wanting to trade places with the beauties. Ironic, because though I am well past prime beauty age, as defined by our culture, I am so much more content. This is easier! I not only accept my fine, curly hair, I embrace it. When it’s hot and humid (frequently, here), my hair gets bigger and crazier. Let it rain!
I did get my teeth straightened in my 20’s, but they are not perfect, just mine. I have a long neck but short legs, so what? I like to wear jewelry that shows off my neck, and skirts rather than trousers (you don’t know where my legs begin!) My skin is palest-pale, so I don’t try to tan, and enjoy wearing ivory mineral makeup.
“Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit”-e.e. cummings
I am working with what I have, in a spirit of more contentment than my 30 year-old self would have predicted. Not dead yet, and not trying to be something I can never be. One of my favorite quotes from Oscar Wilde sums it up: “Be yourself, everyone else is already taken.”
“The most adventurous journey to embark on; is the journey to yourself, the most exciting thing to discover; is who you really are, the most treasured pieces that you can find; are all the pieces of you, the most special portrait you can recognize; is the portrait of your soul.”–C. Joybell C.
Can you share any ways you are Loving What You’ve Got?
Stay fabulous, xo
Wear what you love, always. Here are some goodies to browse: