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if ur hair covers ur boobs u have mermaid hair and u are a mermaid i dont make the rules
As a man with a hairy chest, I was very, very confused by this post for about ten seconds.
You are a mermaid, sir
I AM A MERMAID!
I know the temptation to roll your eyes when someone you perceive as classically attractive complains of feeling unbeautiful is strong, but please hear me out:
We are the product of parents and societies who told us that our faces and bodies were our defining features when we were children. No matter how old we get or how confident in ourselves we become, many of us will always wake up and see ourselves as nothing more than the pretty faces we were raised to be.
Remember this on those days that you feel like your skill- artistic, athletic, intellectual- is fading or failing to progress: you don’t carry today’s less-than-satisfactory talent out in the open for everyone to see every single second that they look at you. Your failure may be written on your face, but at least it’s not literally your face.
And the things that come from that, unsatisfactory though they may be to you, are still things that can be admired by others as the product of skill and effort.
Almost no one in this world recognizes having been born with a pretty face as something deserving of applause- we are our parent’s artworks, and they get applauded for making us.
I know you feel like all you can produce is garbage when you’re not at your best.
We feel like we are garbage when we’re not at our best. Our insecurities are not a slight on you. We don’t think you’re unbeautiful.
But there are days- months, even, sometimes years- where we think that being a pretty face is all we’re good for.
There are days when I literally draw a blank trying to find other things about myself that are worth consideration.
Some days we’re not at our best, and please, don’t respond by insisting that we are.
We know we’re not.
Unfortunately, we already know the measure of our own beauty, just like you know the measure of your skill. It’s just that it’s all we know.
So please, please be gentle with us.
A lot of us are still trying very hard to find something meaningful to love about ourselves.
life hack: remember to compliment people on qualities other than their looks. remind them of their kindness, thoughtfulness, and intelligence. tell them about how powerful and capable they are.
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