Why the World Needs Your Inner Beauty

I was inspired to write this after seeing the video (below) and reading about the tragic suicide last month of 19 year old Olivia Penpraze.

Although beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, the feeling of being beautiful exists solely in the mind of the beheld.’ Martha Beck

And it’s surprising how many people, for one reason or another, do not view themselves as beautiful and therefore do not attach real value to their lives.  Much of this has to do with the media images we are fed on a daily basis, but the reasons are far deeper and more complex.

Have you ever seen someone from afar, who has all the physical attributes that make up beauty, but for some reason when you meet them, they no longer appear beautiful?  Often it’s because of their insecurities about who  they are as a person.

Or maybe you’ve met someone who isn’t a classic beauty, but exudes something that leaves you knowing that they are stunning in their own unique way?

For me, the answer to both of those questions is yes.  I believe strongly that your external beauty is a reflection of your ‘inner beauty’, a subject that is not highlighted enough in the stereotypical media images of today.  If it were, maybe people would start the quest to look for their own unique inner beauty.

And what is inner beauty?  Now, there’s a difficult question.  I think inner beauty exists in every single one of us. I think it has a lot to do with coming to terms with who you are, and having the confidence to love yourself…regardless of your flaws.  I may sound selfish, but I think it’s hard for anyone to love you until you can actually love yourself.

And you can only start loving yourself if you can recognize that you may be far from perfect, but that you’re a good person at heart.  From what I’ve seen this makes you genuinely happier as a person, and somehow that allows a natural inner beauty to shine through.

And like all laws of attraction, people with inner beauty seem to attract like-minded people.

Throughout time, people have sought out those different from themselves, to basically persecute. Whether it’s physical attributes, religion or the multitude of other reasons.  Maybe you can see how big a problem this is when you look at how easily children, and all to often adults, use these ‘differences’ to bully others, whether it’s skin or hair colour; overall looks; braces; weight; mental frame of mind…

I believe that bullying is based on insecurity, the need to make someone feel worse than the ‘bullier’ does inside, to make the ‘bullier’ feel better about themselves.

Yes there are lots of unanswered question when it comes to Olivia’s death and I don’t pertain to know the full facts, except that bullying which led to depression played a part.

I hope you all take the time to look for your own unique inner beauty and encourage everyone around you to look for theirs.    I know it sounds simple, but maybe if we all recognised our own inner beauty, and how it’s reflected in others, then maybe less bullying at all levels would exist in the world today.

Olivia Penpraze R.I.P

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