Beauty Is The Beast

“Am I beautiful?”

That one question of beauty influences a woman’s everyday life. She will go to great lengths to make herself feel beautiful or at least “acceptable” to be seen. I myself have watched my mother spend hours in the mirror trying to perfect her makeup. The time she spent getting ready, you’d think she was putting on some complicated contraption like a corset or hoop skirt. To me her final result wasn’t much of a difference from her naked face. But to her the difference was immense. As for myself I’m no goddess or anything. I’m probably about 30 pounds overweight, bordering on obese according to BMI scales, my skin isn’t perfect, and my smile could be a little whiter. Yet I often leave the house without a lick of makeup on. My mother is a petite woman with a healthy weight, who looks quite young for her age and has so much self image issues. What a contrast! I often wonder what makes us so different? How is it that the woman with very obvious body flaws is more confident than the woman that you’d have to squint at to see her flaws? Below is a picture of me and my Mom, that’s her on the right. Isn’t she gorgeous?

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11 thoughts on “Beauty Is The Beast

  1. Simple Woman Here

    When the post came up, I saw the photos and thought they were both you. Like a before and after or something. Your mom looks great and so do you. Maintain your confidence. Beauty comes from inside and you seem to have that covered.

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  2. If I had to choose between one and the other, I’d choose your attitude. I’m like that as well. I often go a week with no make up. Who do I need to impress? His lordship’s gonna love me no matter what, so I’m just not stressing over it.

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      1. I think we’re all a bit self-centered. We walk by a group talking and as we pass they giggle. We always assume they’re talking about us. Truth is, 99.9% of the time they haven’t even given us a second thought.

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  3. Like @Simple_Woman_Here I thought the pics were both of you. And I think each has a beauty all its own in them. I love your title! It’s very true. I haven’t worn makeup for quite many years. I opted for comfort, because I have to decide what to do with the time that’s given me.

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    1. Tawni

      Thanks so much for the kind words. I actually got a little nervous before posting wondering if I should post a better picture of myself. But then I thought this is exactly what I was just talking about. I’m not wearing any makeup in the picture, I’m usually go for comfort too.

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      1. Sometimes in the morning when I go into the bathroom, and look in the mirror as I’m washing up, my first glimpse shows me looking like I’m frowning. But I’m not. It’s just age lol. Anyway, sometime during last year I met a blogger who had this amazing idea. Every time we look at our self in the mirror, we should smile, and tell ourselves, I’m a joy seeker. I do that now every single day! And, I’ve actually begun enjoying seeing my wisdom lines around my eyes. Plus, when I smile, I look like my mother, whom I miss so very much. So I get to see her in my smiling image! I think if we have certain dismays about our appearance, then we should look for the things that make us smile, and smiling back at yourself is a very cool one!

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      2. Tawni

        Wow that’s interesting, depending on how I feel on a particular morning I might inspect my skin closely for new zits, or just stare off into space in the mirror lol. But I probably should be smiling at myself.

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      3. Well I earned everyone of these laugh lines and crows feet and gray hairs and they’re as precious to me as any pictures my kids drew and I pinned on the fridge. (Except, perhaps, for the bags under my eyes when I don’t get enough sleep. I hear hemorrhoid cream does wonders for that, though!)

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