Let’s lose today, yet again or maybe for the first time. I highly doubt it’s the first time, but I am positive it won’t be the last. Don’t lose your courage, your degree, your accomplishments, your self esteem, your personality, your flaws, no, instead, let’s lose to a word. Beautiful.
Let’s lose to “beautiful”. A word, like so many before that has become a constraint we cling to and a reason for false joy. It’s a word that has seeped so firmly into our being that it has robbed us of ourselves. It’s a word that we hide behind and a reason we reject. It’s a feat we aspire to achieve and a state we wish to live in.
Let’s lose to it. Let us, today, give up and succumb to endlessness of the word and be the way we are: flawed. Forget the imperfection of the thighs and the nose and the ears or the eyes, instead focus on the perfection of the mind, soul and body. Not ‘beautiful’ body, but a healthy, happy body. Not a ‘beautiful’ face but a happy, smiling face.
Beautiful is nothing but a false sense of being, a figment of our imagination, an idea of worth. An idea so abstract and so fluid, that it’s taken years to perfect and yet remains imperfect. So today let’s embrace this loss. I have no substitute for this loss, I have no mosaic of ‘beauty’ to replace this master. I have only an idea of a world without this word. An idea where ‘fat’, ‘skinny’, ‘fair’, ‘dark’ all cease to be held against a hypothetical standard and instead flourish in their own amazing uniqueness, an idea where every individual is truly the master of their reflection and happy in their uniqueness.
I urge you embark on this journey. Where, who you are, what you stand for, what you don’t stand for, what you’ve done, what you’ve accomplished, what you have defeated, what you’ve learnt, and what you’ve given back is more important than how you ‘think’ you look. For beauty isn’t an inborn idea, it’s a process, a concept that is constructively and systematically drilled into our minds and souls and our being.
So today, let’s lose. For in this loss, there is only a lifelong victory.