I, for one, hate looking in mirrors. In the morning, it’s because my hair is crazy, my face looks so tired, and I just look frumpy. Throughout the rest of the day, I try to avoid mirrors. They show off everything I hate about my body, my face, my hair, everything.
But that’s the thing about mirrors. They show off what’s on the surface. They show us our imperfections, our cellulite, our little muffin tops over those jeans we love. They show everything and anything that we can’t stand about our bodies. What they don’t show, though, is things we love about ourselves – the things that make us wholeheartedly us, the things that make us strong and beautiful and loved. And I’ve had it. So I’ve made a list of everything mirrors don’t show us, but that make us wonderful.
How strong you are.
Sure, mirrors can show you your muscles, but they can’t show how strong you are to keep living every day.
Do mirrors see that you held the door for someone today and made sure that little boy found his mother? No. Do you do those things anyway? Yes!
Your capacity to love.
There is so much love inside of you, that doesn’t seep out of your pores. You can’t see it in the mirror, but you love a whole lot of things and people. And that’s amazing.
Mirrors can’t show you the struggles you’ve been through to get where you are today. But you have, and you’re alive, and you’re beautiful.
How intelligent you are.
Your brain isn’t showing in the mirror. But it’s big and full of stuff about the world and about yourself. You are so smart, girl.
How big your heart is.
You care about so much. There is so much in the world that you worry about and want to fix. The mirror can’t show you that! But it’s okay. Because it’s inside of you.
What you’re passionate about.
I know for a fact that the mirror can’t show you how passionate you are about certain things – writing, music, art, life in general. But that doesn’t mean you can’t go out there and be passionate.
What your future is going to be.
It may look bleak now, but your future is going to be amazing, I just know it. The mirror may be showing a tired, sad woman, but you have to beat the mirror. You have to show it who’s boss.
How loved you are.
The mirror has no idea how loved you are by all your friends and family and loved ones. So many people love you. The mirror doesn’t know that. But do you?
How important you are.
You may not see it in the mirror, but you are important – to the world, to your friends and family, to someone in particular, to yourself. Never forget that.
You’re good enough.
Mirrors are cruel. They make us believe things about ourselves that just aren’t true. Try to remember these 12 things when the mirror starts telling you lies. The mirror doesn’t know the inside you, only the outside you, and I’m sure that inside you is totally amazing and worthy of everything you deserve. And if all else fails, just remember: you is kind, you is smart, you is important.