A few weeks ago, a video was making the rounds on Facebook about a woman given the option of entering one of two doors. One was marked "Beautiful", one was marked "Average." I'm not clear on why there wasn't a door marked "Below Average" or "Ugly."
I didn't watch the video. So I don't even know why I'm commenting on this. But from the comments, I guess the point was everyone (or at least every woman) should believe he or she is beautiful?
But if we're strictly talking outward appearance, while I get that different people find different things beautiful, can't we agree that most people are "average"? Isn't that the definition of the word "average"? And what's wrong with that?
What's wrong with acknowledging or admitting that you're not beautiful (or at least not beautiful when another choice is average)? I'm not. Maybe I'd pick beautiful if the only other choice was ugly. But does it matter that I would acknowledge or admit that I'm not beautiful? Not at all. It doesn't mean I don't have value. It doesn't mean I'm not smart, or not nice, or strong, or friendly, or don't have a good heart (not that I'm claiming all those things!). It just means I'm not a super-model (assuming that super-model is the definition of beauty, but I think it's a fair marker when you're comparing it to "average" and presumably also to "ugly"). And that's really okay for me. As long as my husband finds me attractive, I'm okay with going through the beauty door that marks me as average. Looks aren't everything. I don't think I need to be beautiful, or use some product to make me beautiful. Average seems pretty fine. I'm content. I don't think I'm overly critical of myself.
Plus, if everyone was beautiful, then wouldn't beautiful be average by definition?
Not sure what I'm really wanting to say, just on my mind.