~~I saw a lady in her 80's checking herself out in a mirror today. She said, "Once I was young and beautiful. Now I'm just beautiful."~~ SLAY
It isn't what I see in you that matters. It isn't what your family hopes for. It isn't what this site says you can be. What matters most is how you see yourself.
So what do you see? Possibilities? Strength? Hope? Courage?
Or do you see flaws? Weakness? Confusion? Faults?
Just as that lady in her 80's sees beauty, what you see defines you. So don't worry about what others see or what this site wants or what your family wishes for.....worry, instead, about what you see. Because if you see anything less than incandescent perfection, you aren't seeing yourself clearly. It's your flaws as well as your strengths that make you who you are and its your confusion as well as your clarity that gives you the courage to try.
Imperfectly perfect. We all are. We were born who we were meant to be, yet the years of others expectations....the trials of living...the hurts, the lessons....beat us down into something less than who we really are. Smoking is one of those negative coping skills that allowed us to hide from a world we couldn't always face.
It's time, though, to get rid of that negative coping skill and face the world with all the grace, courage, and strength we have. You do have it, you know....you just have to look in that mirror and see it.
So what do you see?