My blog partner Dove has a campaign highlighting Real Beauty and a new video they’ve released encompasses my thoughts on authenticity and individuality so beautifully. Today’s blog post is sponsored by Dove, however the thoughts, and opinions are all my own. Thank you for supporting brands that believe in us.
“The two most important days in a person’s life are they day they are born, and the day they find out why” – Mark Twain. I’ve had this theme on my mind a lot lately and I’ve been trying to find a way to put it all to words.
The last year of my life has been so incredible but also so incredibly difficult. My mother got sick, I’m more worried about my husband at his job than ever, and sometimes it just feels like the world is falling apart.
It’s easy to get caught up in divisiveness, arguments, and negativity. Or comparisons that lead to feelings of inadequacy or jealousy. Especially when you spend as much time online as I do.
I had to pull back a little and reflect. I delegated some of my online tasks and withdrew from the constant feed and bombarding of updates. It gave me time to stop looking at everyone else and really focus and remember who I am. What I believe in. And what’s important to me. It may sound a little selfish, but I think when done right, it can be a healthy reset.
As I’ve had this period of self-reflection, over and over again I’ve been hit with a curiosity about individuality.
There has never been and will never be anyone on this earth who is exactly like you. You are an original. How long does it take us to realize that and embrace it? How much of our lives to we spend trying to be like someone else? Trying fit in? What if we all helped each other to become the absolute best people we are suppose to be instead of just trying to be like each other?
In this new short film by Dove Real Beauty Productions we meet Kylee, a woman who is shedding traditional notions of femininity and embracing her own beauty, and helping others do the same. According to a study conducted by Dove, 74% of women believe more needs to be done to redefine the current definition of beauty to be more inclusive and 3 out of 4 gay and lesbian women believe society suggests they do not care about beauty.
“The most beautiful someone can be is when they are being the most authentically themselves.”
Are you being authentically yourself?
I can tell you it took me a long time to get there. In fact, sometimes I find I’m still working on it. Growing up I went through phases of hating how I looked, from my hair texture, to my eye and skin color. I just wanted to fit in, but it wasn’t possible. I wasted so much time wishing I was someone else instead of being the person I was born to be. Seeing as I’m the only one who’s ever going to get a shot at being ME I’d better start making the best of it. Perhaps we all should.
This blog post is sponsored by Dove. Thank you for supporting brands that believe in us.