Unique Beauty

I’ve always consider myself to be someone with a body style that is outside of the norm – join the club of 99.95% of the female population, right?  I have broad shoulders and I stand between 5’8″ and 5’9″ – since the 6th grade.  And let’s not forget that awkward stage of about 22 years when I was unpleasantly plump.

There are many positives that come along with getting older, and since I’ll be turning the corner onto “You’re in Your Thirties” Blvd soon, I thought I would share with you my favorite aging bonus: appreciation of what I tried to hide/destroy/starve in the past.  I don’t think I quite know how to put into words what it’s like to recognize the beauty in the features I once thought were flaws.  Without seeming like too much of a cliche, I thought that I would share with you a series of images that exhibit that appreciation and joy in just being yourself, and lessons I’ve gathered along the way to acceptance.  Thank you April J. Waldroup for sharing.

Lesson #1: Do not judge yourself by what society says you should look/feel/act like.  One size does NOT fit all in this life.

Lesson #2:  Be a daredevil.  If you fail, at least you know you tried.  The only thing you truly regret are the chances you didn’t take.

Lesson #3:  Have perspective: no drama is worth losing sleep over that won’t be a factor in your life one year from now.

Lesson #4: Walk tall, shoulders back, swagger on.

Lesson #5:  It’s ok to be flattered and know that you deserve the compliment.  Be humble, but never deny your strengths.

Lesson #6:  JUMP IN!  Not everything needs to be planned out.  Enjoy life and don’t worry about timelines.  Enjoy your roses now before they fade away.

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