Out of curiosity today I Googled define; beauty. This is the result Google came up with.
- Pleasing the senses or mind aesthetically.
- Of a very high standard; excellent.
Listed below this definition were a bunch of articles on what certain people find physically beautiful and how it varies between cultures. Most of the qualities listed were things that only can be changed through very expensive surgery, such as the stupidest things like nose length. Since when did nose length become a potential “attractive problem”? With things so detrimental it seems we are all doomed to “beautiful” failure. But are we?
Further down in the list of search results was an entry in urban dictionary. Now usually urban dictionary has crude entries that are more for laughs than anything. But this is what the highest voted definition of beauty was:
“Beautiful is a woman who has a distinctive personality, one who can laugh at anything, including themselves, who is especially kind and caring to others. She is a woman who above all else knows the value of having fun, and not taking life too seriously. She is a woman that you can trust and count on to brighten your day. She is a woman who can inexplicably make you feel really good just by being around her, and yet brings such great sadness when she is gone. She is a woman who I will never really get to know.” (http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=beautiful)
These are some of the other entries:
“Anyone can be beautiful. It’s not about the clothing, the hair, the make-up. It’s about the way your smile radiates warmth, or dancing when you’re excited, no matter who’s watching. How to be beautiful? There are no guidelines, and anyone who tells you otherwise is telling you how to be pretty. Pretty and beautiful are not synonyms. Pretty is a but an adjective, whereas beautiful is so much more. Beautiful is a sunset, or the rain, or being in love. Beautiful is singing in the shower, running at night, and laughing out-loud. Beautiful is the way a flower smells, or the feel of their skin. I’m sorry if you disagree, but this is the best I could describe such a, well, beautiful word.”
I’m not copying and pasting these to ignore commenting on them. I am only doing it so you can see that there are tons of people out there who look beyond physicality for beauty. Remember, these definitions are voted into their positions, and these are the top listed definitions. If you want proof then look for yourself. http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=beautiful
I realize this is a short post, but I just wanted to show you all that maybe…our generation isn’t as lost as we think. Maybe we use the words “hot” and “sexy” so much because the word beautiful holds too much meaning to just be thrown out into conversation casually.
Let’s start aiming not for such simple compliments like “hot” or “sexy”, and go beyond that. Realize that being beautiful encompasses all that you are, and that it flows from the inside out. It is universal, and collective, and we can all be beautiful if we just let go of our worries of what others think of how we look and just embrace us exactly how we are, flaws and all.
Start a revolution, start loving yourself!
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