Monday, October 24, 2016

True Beauty

https://www.facebook.com/allure/videos/10154603367408607/
When something ghastly or disgusting or ugly is being shared on FB, I normally would just scroll through it and pay no attention wondering why people would share such things.  If anything on FB or social media is not spreading positivity and goodness, I don't want to waste a minute reading or watching it.  My friend Saane Tai'ese Kauvaka's post:
"She is sooooooo sweet.....
Sooooooo brave.....
I think I love her......
😊😊😊😊😊😊
Wish I could b more like her....
We all could b more like her.....
 
My very first thoughts when I got a glimpse of this woman's face was:  "Dang she's ugly!" and this must be some kind of disease story.  My mind was made up that it was probably some story about Anorexia.  But then as I scrolled up, my mind lingered on the nice words that Saane was posting about her and it peaked my curiousity.  Why would she want to be this person. So I scrolled back down and started watching the whole video.  Every word Lizzie Velasquez said, brought tears to my eyes and I was deeply, deeply touched, humbled and moved by her story.

The more I listen to her, the more the light of her inner beauty shines forth from her inside out until it just totally overwhelms her physical defamations and just leaves her so beyond beautiful and full of light and goodness.  I was awe-struck because I realized what I have always known:  That "beauty is only skin deep" and to "never judge a book by its cover".  

Lizzie was brought up with love and kindness.  I can't even begin to imagine the shock of finding out she's been named the "ugliest" woman in the world, in her tender teen-age year of seventeen, must have done to her.  Yet, yes and yet, because she was brought up in such a solid foundation, she was able to overcome such cruelty and crudeness the world threw at her.  She didn't allow these things to get her down.  It fueled her courage to stand and inspire and deliver her message loud and clear that she is not who people think she is, and can not be defined by her outside appearance.  That she is a beautiful human being and within her beats a heart just like everyone else's.

It was interesting to know that the moment she discovered the video of what the world considers, her very first thoughts went out to her beloved mother, mainly because she knows too well how much her mother loves and adores her.  It made me cry even more.  It would definitely tear me to pieces if such cruel things were being said about my own precious children.  As crude as the remarks were, people like to be blunt even when it hurts other people and they were just stating the obvious of what their first impressions were.

Lizzie rose above her circumstances.  What bravery and it takes guts to turn things around for her to become such a great inspiration and role model to young women around the world.   This is the kind of role model the world needs.  Beauty is fleeing.  I've seen beautiful women who are so flawless and gorgeous, but once they open their mouths, everything beautiful about them flies out the door because they are vile, unkind, blasphemous and obnoxious.  Right here is true beauty.  Inner beauty.  The beauty that last and far outshines any physical dispositions.  Even that of Neonatal Progeroid Syndrome.  Saane is right.  We should or I should be more like Lizzie Velasquez.

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