It seems like everyone these days is putting on a mask to feel beautiful, trying to fit into some pre-established norms of how we should look.
This isn't only painful, it's ignorant. Saying like we know, better than nature does, what is beautiful and what is not is like a two-year-old lecturing an old man about patience. Nature has been creating beauty for millennia and you are part of that creation process. Stop the madness. Stop fighting who you are. Let the mask fall.
It'll be strange at first, yes. But, over time, you'll see beyond the temporary discomfort of stepping outside social norms and learn to see the beauty you were born with. You'll see beauty that will take your breath away, like a sunset. That's how beautiful you are - like a sunset, like a forest, like a million fireflies on a calm warm night lighting up the sky.
Go find that brilliant beauty within every single part of you. Remove that cloak that's been pulled over your eyes and see yourself for who you really are.
~ Sayo Masuda
Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.
~ Kahlil Gibran