Putting on makeup is part of most women’s everyday routine. I used to be one of those girls who puts on makeup daily, but over the years, I’ve learned that makeup covers up a woman’s story.
When I was a teenager, I was extremely insecure about the way I looked. I had a long list of things that I didn’t like about my face and body, including my scars from childhood surgeries. I felt like an “ugly duckling,” so whenever I had the opportunity, I’d use makeup to cover up all of the things that I hated about myself.
As I entered adulthood, though, I began to realize that I don’t need makeup to feel better about myself and my scars. The battles I’ve faced are an important part of my story. If I continue to cover my body with makeup, I also cover up my journey with my disability, cerebral palsy.
Not wearing makeup has taught me the true meaning of embracing and loving myself. I may struggle with self-love some days, but I know that every day is a new opportunity for self-love.
I’m thankful that going from relying on makeup to living life without it taught me that my differences are beautiful. I now embrace my own kind of beauty, even when it seems different from everyone else I know. I love myself, and I wouldn’t change how I look for anything. There’s beauty in the fact that my story isn’t the same as everyone else’s, and I don’t need to change a thing about myself or my journey to try to “fit in.”