Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.

‘Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.’
Kahlil Gibran

I was planning on writing this post about how to me, beauty is part of genetics but also something we can take into our own hands by taking care of ourselves, but it wasn’t until I went searching for an appropriate quote that I realized how shallow that was. Beauty is also something that comes from inside us.
So to recapitulate: I believe that there are two kinds of beauty who in a way interfere with each other. First there is outer beauty, and than there’s inner beauty. Outer beauty is the type of beauty everyone pays attention to when making a first impression. This may sound harsh, but I think that this type of beauty does matter. It probably won’t take you all the way, but it might get you pretty far (pun not intended). And that is the type of beauty I was talking about in the beginning. To me, outer beauty is partly what we get from our parents, but also a great deal of outer beauty is how we take of ourselves (like I said before). Recently I read an article in a Dutch gossip magazine about how the ‘true nature’ of several stars such as Pippa Middleton was revealed. The fotos showed how they looked like without any makeup on and how much of their beauty was ‘created’. I don’t see what is wrong with that. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a superficial person, but what is wrong with using makeup and clothes to look good?
On the other hand there is something called inner beauty. Inner beauty is the way we behave with others, the way we behave ourselves. It is empathy, kindness, love for yourself and love for others. It’s what matters in the long haul. Friendships continue thanks to inner beauty, not because of outer beauty. And so do relationships, normally. I would be offended if a guy was dating me just because I looked pretty, because I was arm candy. And so should anyone else.
I believe that inner beauty shines through in our appearances. In a way, loving yourself for who you are radiates through to what you look like. Inner beauty can create outer beauty.

And that seems like enough wisdom on beauty for now.


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