It is okay to love yourself. You have full permission to look in the mirror and like what you see. Vanity and self-love are different and they’re often misunderstood.
I’m currently working on writing my creative nonfiction essay/memoir for my Media & Ethics class. This is the assignment. It’s the story of my journey thus far, and the evolution of Dauntless…It gets pretty deep. Plus it’s pretty long…
Whereas it’s a scholarly essay and a piece of nonfiction, I also need to include authentic facts from credited sources and news articles. Thus, I have been researching about the various vices and virtues associated with the idea of body acceptance and self-love, as well as how they relate to my “story.” Then I came across this concept of vanity…
Vanity: A Vice or a Virtue?
I wouldn’t personally classify myself as ‘vain.’ I do wear makeup and I try (some days) to put myself together. I’ll usually do a once-over in the mirror before heading out for the day, and I’ll call it good.
And there is nothing wrong with this! There is nothing wrong with being unafraid to be yourself. If you want to wear makeup, wear it. If you want to get your hair done, do it. Feeling the pajama look today? Own it. Every person should be able to look in the mirror with confidence. We should feel free to like what we see.
“As long as you feel beautiful and confident, go for it.” -Lexi Boyer, The Odyssey
Finding a Balance
This isn’t to say there’s no difference between vanity and self-love. There absolutely is. Simply put, and like all vices and virtues, it just requires finding a balance between the two. Self-love is about doing what makes you feel beautiful and confident. If we don’t love ourselves, how can we ever hope to love and accept others?
So don’t be afraid to look in the mirror and smile. Wear what you want! Do what makes you happy! And love yourself just the way you are.
Stay tuned for an update on my dress shopping adventures and more! I’m buried in essays and assignments this week, but the end of the semester is near. Remember to take life one day at a time and enjoy today for the beautiful gift it is. Dare to be dauntless & love yourself. ♥