So I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what being beautiful means to me, and what it means to everyone else. What being a beautiful person means. What “outer beauty” vs. “inner beauty” is, and how letting others know how beautiful they are, is beautiful in itself.
First about inner beauty. Now, my favorite movie is Clueless, and I watched a few times over the break, and I have this thing where I tend to emulate characteristics of people around me or in books or movies that I’m into at the moment. I’ve always done it. It just happens. Like, when I write parts of Jailbreak, I start dressing like Carsen, wearing more black and wearing hats…just things like that. And so, when I got on a Clueless kick, I noticed myself putting more effort into my outfits and makeup, which can be taken as a selfish thing. But I also noticed myself smiling more and complimenting everyone I saw.
It got me thinking about how Cher, the main character in Clueless, is a very complicated character. She’s spoiled, self-centered, self-righteous, and vain. But she’s also generous, kind, loving, and always tries her hardest.
To me, Cher is a great example of a beautiful character. She is physically beautiful, yes, but she also has beautiful intentions, meaning she really wants to make the world a better place. She has a beautiful grasp on love. She falls in love, true love, not fake love, and she wants to be good, like the man she’s fallen for. She loves her dad, enough to listen to him, but also enough to support him in the way a mother would.
She loves her friends and she loves to help people (even if it’s not always in the right way). She’s popular because of her beauty, and instead of letting it become something she uses as a weapon, she, to quote her, “uses her popularity for a good cause”. But a huge part of her beauty is her imperfection. She’s not always smart, and that’s endearing. She’s a little over-confident, but she realizes when she’s wrong. Perfection is beautiful, but unfortunately, perfection doesn’t exist on the earth. Imperfections are some of the most common, human, and beautiful parts of people. Without imperfection, there couldn’t be growth.
The most beautiful part of Cher is her arc, in which she grows and changes to become better. That’s where I think inner beauty comes from. Growth towards a better you. And I know, this is really silly, saying all of this based off of a movie, but I think it’s true. I don’t believe you need to be perfect to be beautiful.
Now, dealing with outer beauty. Outer beauty is most often a trend. Something the world decides and so is put into effect. It’s sad, but even body types go “in and out of fashion.” I don’t have a solution to shaming and stereotypes, but what I can say is that everyone has beauty, and all we can do is let them know that their beauty is real. Everyone’s is different, but everyone is so beautiful. The human race is the most beautiful thing in the world. Lakes, and rainbows, and gold, and stars, and waterfalls, and animals, and forests are beautiful, but people are more beautiful than any of those things.
I know that for me, getting compliments is such a good feeling, and so I always try to share that good feeling with others. The other day Bo told me I was gorgeous, and I wanted to cry. It was so sweet and out of the blue, and it made me so happy. So for the rest of the day I complimented as many people as I could.
If all of us could just spread, share, and shout about the beauty of everything on this earth, we would be so much happier. I deeply desire for the world to be happy and confident and peaceful. We need to know our own beauty, see others’ beauty, and make the world a more beautiful place. The looks on people’s faces when you let them know how beautiful they really are is something you’ll never forget.