Watching the words that had settled into my heart for so long becoming visible on my skin, I felt a surge of emotion. Rather than falling back into those feelings of depression, I was almost shocked that I had not only been called them, but had believed them. When I was asked what words I wanted to write, the bad words flowed. However, when it was time to write the opposite, it was so difficult to point out the things I liked about myself. When I thought about myself I focused on the negative words that were constantly on my mind and heart. Wiping those words off and replacing them with words of love, while at first difficult, was like a weight being lifted. Just because I am not perfect does not mean that I am not beautiful. You wouldn’t let a few scratches stop you from buying a beautiful piece of furniture. We all have our scratches, our insecurities and imperfections. That’s what beauty is. Beauty is raw, beauty is real, and beauty is definitely imperfect.
From the photographer- While we were doing this shoot, we encountered an interesting problem. It really brought awareness to the situation. It was easy to come up with negative words to write on the model, but difficult to find nice or positive words. Here we were trying to bring awareness to a problem yet we found ourselves being part of the problem. We could easily criticize but had difficulty bringing encouragement.
Tearing down others does not lift you up. Being nice or encouraging is not always easy. It takes practice to have the right words ready to say. The more you practice being a positive influence, the easier it will get.