Male to Female

I have never been faced with being transgender, nor have I personally known anyone who was.  However, I’d like to think I understand it (as much as someone in my position can).  Recently, I saw this post and it made me sad.

It’s the story of a woman who was going through hormone treatment to change from a man to a woman.  It took the woman in the story a very long time to think of herself as pretty – almost 17 months!  I thought she looked amazing at one year.  In my opinion, she was being too critical of herself.

But, don’t we all face those same insecurities?  We all wish we could have a thinner waist or whiter teeth or better skin.  We look at those around us and compare ourselves to them, seeing their perfections and our flaws.  So many times, we only notice the external beauty.

Most of us can achieve those goals of bettering our bodies – start a regular exercise program, use a teeth whitening regiment, eat better, and find a better skin care product.  It takes time and dedication, for the most part.

There is so much pressure in the world to look just right.  Why?  How much happier would we all be if we could step away from the social prejudices brought about by our outward appearance?

Or, better yet, what if we were judged solely on our words and actions?  How much nicer would we be if we knew we were defined by our behavior, instead of the color of our skin or how straight our teeth are?  How much better would the world be?

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What if we judged ourselves on how we treated others instead of how perfect our BMI is? How about if we all ignored being beautiful on the outside and started spreading beauty from the inside?

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