Measuring up

My greatest fear used to be disappointing my parents. Now as an adult I find myself trying to measure up to others’ standards; I have to look as pretty as this girl, or make grades like this one. I know now that my greatest fear is selling myself short. It is so easy to take for granted our talents when we are busy admiring attributes of others. So in this reflective moment  I look in the mirror. The mirror is reflecting the outside as well as the inside. I use my purple lipstick to expose my thoughts on the smooth exterior as I stare back at myself. This is beauty and this is love. Self worth is key to my happiness, I choose not to live in the shadows of others but in the light that illuminates me.

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