Make you feel unpretty too
I was told I was beautiful
But what does that mean to you
Look into the mirror who’s inside there
The one with the long hair
Same old me again today (yeah)
My insides are blue
Every time I think I’m through
It’s because of you
I’ve tried different ways
But it’s all the same
These lyrics are clipped from the song “Unpretty” written & performed by TLC.
I heard them in my car yesterday and it got me thinking about the damage done to a person’s self-esteem by careless comments from someone they love, whose opinion they value.
Worse still is if that someone is deliberately pulling a person down, gaslighting them to use the current term.
We all need to be mindful of how we say things to one another, what we praise and commend versus what we critique or suggest can be improved. It’s not always possible to tell a person’s mood/mindset and we could be tearing down their confidence or stoking their self-hatred.
I chose this image giving it silvery spackles and a vintage frame reminiscent of an old mirror – distorted even. Its message is that we don’t always see ourselves clearly.
We need to love ourselves, be gentle and generous to our self-esteem so we can strengthen our mental health.
The #SinfulSunday meme boosts my own body confidence, as we are all ‘real’, not overly edited and the comments left are generally encouraging and kind, finding something good in every image.
This post was inspired by #WorldMentalHealthDay