By: Ryan Roberts, Guest Blogger
Can you remember, who you were before the world told you who you should be? Before social media and tabloids decided that it was their job to define beauty for the rest of us? What screws us up most in life is the picture in our head of how it’s supposed to be.
I had a conversation with one of my friends recently about how we felt like we weren’t successful enough for 23 year olds. We actually compared ourselves to characters on television shows around the same age—yeah television shows. We realized that was absolutely ridiculous, but the strangest part was how easy it was to compare ourselves to these fictional characters portrayed by decorated celebrities with stylists.
As the conversation continued we started to talk about how these same characters dictated our definition of physical beauty and eventually about how we believed that beauty is much deeper than the skin. One of the most beautiful things is when people are 100% organic. There is something special about a person who is unapologetically themselves. It takes guts to be who you really are and not who the world wants you to be.
It was eye opening to see how much the entertainment industry had influenced us and even how we saw ourselves. This hour long phone conversation was life changing, silly as that may sound. The realization that my beautiful friend (or rather beautyFULL) was struggling through the same self-doubt as me was reassuring, for lack of a better word. We ended the conversation by encouraging each other and agreed that we definitely are successful and although we may not be where we want to be in life yet, we are absolutely on our own paths to greatness.
How do you define your authentic self? What are you doing to live it every day? Tell us about it here!
Ryan has completed her Marketing BBA and Political Science AA and currently works as a graphic designer. Her passion tends to consume her, she writes too much, and she loves hip hop.