Beauty is a manifestation of the collective yearnings, dreams, and aspirations of humanity, woven within cultural and societal influence. From ancient times to the present, civilizations have crafted their own unique notions of beauty shaped by cultural norms, art, and literature. Society’s unrealistic standards lead us in a never-ending pursuit of an elusive ideal.
It’s a never ending cycle: a cycle of upkeep, changes, purchases, beliefs, or anything that revolves around the constant changes required to be considered beautiful at the time. Knowing this, the essence of self-care takes on a new profound significance. It nurtures our inner esteem and encompasses not only the physical, but also the emotional dimensions of our being.
As the summer season settles in, remembering to protect our bodies and minds from things we know can only harm us, which could include harmful relationships, the thief of joy herself: comparison, or unruly habits we keep falling back to, is fully necessary to upkeep our mental health and truly enjoy the summer. Beyond the temporal facade, true beauty emerges when we cherish our daily lives, which is rooted in celebrating each version of us that shows up for the day.
Let this summer be a testament to the transformative power of self-care, as we celebrate the innate beauty that resides within us. True beauty lies not in conformity but in the profound acceptance of our authentic selves. May this season be a time of self-discovery, awakening, and the radiant expression of our inner authenticity.
– Bella Floyd