Opinion: Beautiful, You.

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Brianna Evans

The year 2020 is off to an unforgettable start! Spend this year with your favorites and make the most of it.

You look in the mirror, and you see you. Beautiful you. You, who have taken so many hurtful words that you’ve been blinded by the beauty you wear on your own body. The kids at school who call you fat. The ones who make fun of the stretch marks on your body. The kids who don’t take the time to consider how beautiful the both of you are even though you may look a little different.

In the day and age we live in, you can’t get by with being different. Different isn’t cool anymore. To be popular and accepted in a crowd, you have to look like the skinny, short, blonde girl to be considered beautiful. And though they are beautiful, there isn’t anything about them that is any more breathtaking than what you are.

“Overweight,” “obese,” “fat” We’ve heard them all. All the stereotypical words are thrown at you just because you have a little extra skin or a wider waist, just because your thighs touch and your upper arms expand when you rest them at your side, or just because you can’t fit in size 00 jeans. But what if we turn those words into a mural of encouragement and inspiration? Use those words to make you stronger and more powerful.

We live in a world where, in order to survive, you have to be the change. You have to be the person that people look at and feel inspired to be the best version of themselves by changing hateful words about not just your body but any damaging word spoken your way into an act to become a stronger person. Words don’t define who you are. People’s opinions don’t define who you are. It is you and your mindset that decides who you want to be. And whatever you choose are, you’re a beautiful one.