Thursday, February 25, 2010

A Worthy Cause

So. That was the sound of me hitting the brakes on my usual blogginess. No book recommendation today. No long, rambling writing advice. Nope. Today gets to be about the fun stuff! You ready? Okay, good. Today I'm talking about .... Self confidence!!
Yeah, right. I agree. I despise that topic. Why? Well, as a teenage girl with uncontrollable hair and not enough willpower in the morning to correctly apply makeup, sometimes my level of self confidence can be pretty dismal. Ahem. Right. That's my story and I'm sticking to it. Besides that, especially in winter, I tend to dress in hoodies and jeans and that's about it. And lemme just tell you...I don't look like this.
But there's this website. (Isn't there always?) It's called Operation Beautiful.
How often do you feel grungy? Nasty? Not good enough? How often do you glance at your friend and wish you had her hair, or smile, or just something? Maybe you're one of the lucky ones who doesn't do that. If you are, then I'm glad. Seriously, I am. That would be nice. I think most of us do though. Personally, I could rattle off twenty different things I hate about my appearance at the drop of a hat. Most people could. I like Operation Beautiful for just this reason, though. It isn't about caring whether or not you're perfect. This site is about confidence. It's about feeling better about youself.
Bleh. I feel like I'm muddling this.
Well, here's the mission statement;
The mission of Operation Beautiful is to post anonymous notes in public places for other women to find. The point is that WE ARE ALL BEAUTIFUL. You are enough... just the way
you are!

Is it cheesy? Maybe. Who cares though? How often do kids feel that way? I'd bet...Oh, basically never. The site is for everyone, but it seems particularly pertinent to young girls.
We all feel ugly at some point, and it's dumb. I mean, come on, society! One of my friends dances. She's great at it. Another is probably the funniest person I've ever met. Yet another takes joy from long and complex math problems; weird, but someday, she'll be taking over the world. (Ahem. I mean, she'll be using her power wisely to help everyone. Yeah. That.)
All three could tell you the extensive things wrong with them. I don't see it though. I think we just like seeing it in ourselves. We dig ourselves into dark, deep little holes of emo and then don't know how to get out.
I like Operation Beautiful. It's kind of like a hand that can go into the nasty little hole and help pull you out.
Anyway. Go check out the site.


Maggie said...

Wait, what's the site do? Bleh, ignore that question. It's just what was running through my mind.

...I should probably click on the link now. :)

aspen said...

awesome! I'm gonna start doing this! =D

Sam said...

Maggie: Hah, yes, the link would be nice.
Aspen: Isn't it cool? :D

Aspen said...

so cool. I have the perfect post-its for this. they're pink and heart-shaped!