I know I usually blog about dumb stuff like a quick and easy makeup routine or my embarrassingly-horrible Tinder dates but today I decided to switch it up and talk about something that I don’t think many beauty bloggers talk about: inner beauty.
I believe it’s so imperative to be your best inside and out. Audrey Hepburn, a woman I’ve idolized since 12 years old once said:
“For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, and walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.”
I think this kind of beauty is much, much more impressive than any beauty that someone is born with. Paradoxically, it happens to be the most unattainable yet attainable kinds of beauty out there.
Because inner beauty isn’t innate, yet anyone can achieve it if they work towards it.
One of the ways I build upon my inner beauty is through volunteer work, which may seem like a no-brainer, but it’s really not for everyone. If you don’t feel passionately about something or if you don’t feel happy after doing it then simply don’t do it.
One cause, for many of you who know me personally, one of the organizations that I’m actively involved in on campus is Best Buddies. In this club, each college student is paired with a member with a intellectual and developmental disability, such as Down syndrome and then they become buddies. In Liz, my buddy, I have found a great friend. However, I really enjoy spending time with the rest of the buddies at the events because I honestly have never met anyone who is so genuinely friendly than the people I’ve met through Best Buddies. That’s why it hurts me so much when people use the “R” word.
That’s why it’s so important to stop using the word
retarded. I’ve personally seen a person call a buddy retarded and it was the most heartbreaking thing that I’ve ever seen. I thought this girl was such a beautiful person, then I saw her crumble by a simple remark. I honestly couldn’t bear it. That was about a year ago. Every time anyone says the “R” word, I think of her and how much she cried. So, when you use the “R” word, you’re hurting my friends and that’s really not cool.
This week, March 9th– 13th is Disability Awareness week and during this week we support the Spread the Word to End the Word campaign, a campaign that urges people to stop using the “R” word.
For those of you who do use this word, a thesaurus is a great resource.
Because part of beauty, as Audrey would say, is speaking words of kindness.
My point here is that in order to be beautiful on the outside, you have to be beautiful on the inside first. This isn’t supposed to be a preachy post about how you should volunteer at the soup kitchen every week but to do something to better yourself once in a while. Help a friend out. Listen to someone who needs someone. Smile at someone. Give out a compliment. Whatever makes you happiest, do that thing.
To learn more about the Spread the Word to End the Word campaign, Click Here.
To learn more about Best Buddies and how you can get involved, Click Here.