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I know that I’m not

I know that you know
That I know that I’m not

But I feel like it
Oh God, I feel like it

I know I’ve got clear eyes
And lovely hair
But when I look in mirrors
The imperfections scream
‘Till the tiny cracks
Become huge gaping holes
That I’m terrified you’ll see

So please,
I need to hear it

Tell me that I’m beautiful
This was written as I tried to analyze the thoughts and feelings behind pictures of my friends looking their most beautiful while saying they were ugly, it's quite sad in a way.
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imaginative-lioness Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
It reminds me of a period of my life where I only noticed my imperfections when I looked in the mirror. I can relate to this piece so much, and whilst this makes me sad, it also makes me realise how far I've come. I can look in the mirror today and know that I am beautiful in my own way. A truly wonderful piece :heart:!
starell Featured By Owner May 10, 2013
Yay! I'm so glad you've come that far! Personal growth can be a tricky mountain to climb but it is always so very worth it when we reach the top, or even just make it off the ground!

Thank you! :heart:
Suphyx Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
People often hide behind the praise of others to achieve the happiness in themselves, that only they can give. Fishing for compliments with a high self-esteem reveals the sensitivity, low personal appreciation, or dissatisfaction within themselves. I've been here before, I've thought your words, and it's awful. The only person that can make one beautiful is them.

Wonderfully done yet again. Very good observation, and great job in presentation. :)
starell Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013
Very insightful! What you've said applies not only to beauty but to all manner of life. People keep looking for others to give them the answers that only they can provide themselves with. It's a lack of conviction, a constant affirmation.

Why thank you kind sir!
Suphyx Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Yes exactly! Very well put. You're most welcome.
starell Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013
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starell Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013
nice article! I think that there is a difference between knowing something and really realizing that. Which seams to be a problem I have!

I love how the article stressed the wide range of things found beautiful by a wide range of characters. It is very easy to get caught up into trying to fit into a specific mold. I loved the ending! What I think that really needs to be addressed is the absurd (to me) trend to trying to make our skin color something it's not. Darker women want to be lighter and lighter women want to be darker until it's not really about accepting all types of skin colors but molding all skin colors into a sort of medium. This is really hard for me as an extremely fair skinned person. I think that from the darkest to the lightest skin tone they are all gorgeous and it is only the fake orangey medium I have come to see as ugly. That is, of course, just me, although others might be sufficiently delighted with that particular hue.

I tried to write something legible, but It just seems as if there are too many things to say to be able to express them properly!
MrWootton Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Professional Writer
Yes, head-knowledge vs. heart-knowledge. Or something like that.

It's hard not to view all the pressure to conform to some sort of "happy medium" as an attack on the self. What about standing out? What about looking like "you" (but for real, not like a makeup ad campaign using the phrase)? Is it really okay to let diet product companies, exercise product companies, and beauty product companies (and everyone they can influence with their money) tell us that we're not okay?

Yeah, I know the feeling. It took me about three years to write that blog post, and it still doesn't say all that needs to be said...
starell Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013
What I think is the most frustrating is that these big companies are only telling people that they are not okay, or not normal, or that something needs to be done to "fix" them in order to sell products! If everyone were happy with their outward appearances then they would not have a way to make money. In order to make money you have to have a product that fills a need or you have to create a need and have a product that fills this artificial need. What I am wondering is how much of this need for beauty would exist without these big companies because sadly I think it was already there and they just inflated it to epic proportions.

If there is a big enough issue you could write a million words and it would still never be enough.
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