i was browsing pinterest today and this quote jumped out at me. i couldn't help but read it, love it and immediately want to share it with every friend, sister and mother that i know. this is my kind of beautiful. i am writing this as a mother for my girls, my best friends, my fellow moms and wives, for the women i know and love and the ones who just need to read this, so please share it with someone you love, someone you see beauty in, someone who is your kind of beautiful.
here is the quote: "She was beautiful, but not like those girls in the magazines. She was beautiful for the way she thought. She was beautiful for that sparkle in her eyes when she talked about something she loved. She was beautiful for her ability to make other people smile even when she was sad. No, she wasn't beautiful for something as temporary as her looks. She was beautiful, deep down to her soul"
powerful right? don't get me wrong, it's always nice to feel beautiful on the outside. doing our hair, full make up (eyeliner and blush included) and feeling "fancy" as we call it in our house to our young daughters is great. it's fun, brings confidence, and just makes us feel special right? feeling healthy and fit is also wonderful. it can take a lot of hard work and dedication for someone to reach fitness goals and to feel like they have the body they have always wanted. it's an accomplishment and something to be proud of indeed. i am not denying that. i hate to admit this, but once in a while i even get flushed, excited and somehow equally embarrassed when someone comments on my physical appearance by calling me beautiful or sexy. it's an odd thing to hear. at least for me it is, but if i am being honest, it's flattering. it feels good, and it's something that naturally i think most of us women want to hear every now and then.
but it's nothing really. i don't mean to offend anyone by that statement. but it really is nothing, not to me anyway. that sense of feeling hot, sexy or beautiful just can't compare to how i want to make others feel, how i want them to see me and how i want them to experience the love i have for them. i want to make people smile, feel appreciated and cared for and i want those around me to know that i value them and i see the beauty within their hearts, within their souls, within their stories.
i see this beauty behind their gorgeous smiles, their "on point" eye makeup, flawless skin, and their perfectly styled and placed hair. i want the women and especially the mothers in my life to know they are beautiful and special whether they just rolled out of bed after a long night with a colicky baby or are all done up and ready for a night on the town. i want them to know that just as i see their beauty behind that make up and perfect hair, i also see beyond that fake smile, their tired eyes, and their messy bun. i see beyond the stresses of motherhood, the weight of that last baby, the makeup left over from the day before. i see beyond a number on a scale, the roots on their head, the spit up on their loose fitting and lazy day t-shirt. i even see beyond the tears in their eyes when they've hit their breaking point, the frustration on their face when their toddler is pushing every one of their buttons, and the sound of disappointment in their voice when they tell me their date night with their husband got canceled again due to work schedules, sick kids, or lack of a babysitter.
i want my friends to know, i still see you. i still see the woman who tries (and often succeeds) to do it all, the woman who feels like she's failing but is actually crushing it at home and work, and the woman who thinks she can't get it together all while those around her wonder how she manages it all. i still see the young wild spirit, the passion and drive, and the dedication and commitment that you think you have lost.
i still see you friend, i see beautiful you. i see love and faith and hope and trust. i see you with a listening ear, a shoulder to cry on and a hand to hold. i see you and i can't imagine my life without you. i see how you change the world, and bring more joy to those around you than you can possibly imagine. i see your beautiful skin, your gorgeous hair, your amazing body and your beautiful face. i see all of this. i see your physical beauty even when you don't, but more importantly i see your inner beauty. the beauty that doesn't age, that is more exquisite as the years go on, and that enriches the lives of those you love. this is the beauty i admire most in you. this is the beauty i truly love about you. this is the beauty i want to possess, the beauty i strive to have myself.
you are the beautiful i want to have in my life. you are the beautiful i want our girls to know, to embrace and to love. the beautiful i want them to become. you are the beautiful i want to feel around me, the beautiful i want to see in this world.
you, my friend, are my kind of beautiful.