Embracing imperfections

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Camyle Cryderman
Editor-in-Chief
camyle.cryderman@apps.schoolcraft.edu

No one is perfect, so accept uniqueness

In today’s society, beauty is often held at high regard; people with beautiful faces and perfect bodies are plastered all over advertisements and billboards. While it may seem difficult to accept the little imperfections that plague every person in society, people need to realize that being different is acceptable.

When people get an unexpected pimple or have a bad hair day, they feel ashamed of how they look. They try to cover up the issue or avoid human contact altogether; these so called flaws are what make people unique though. If everyone had the same perfect look, there would be no variance to make people special.

Whenever I used to complain about a new blemish I got to my mom, she would always tell me “Embrace them, it means you’re alive.” Every living person is made differently, but everyone is the same in the regards that no one is perfect. Every pimple that pops up means there are natural hormones being released, every scar that is present means the body has healed itself, every imperfection reflects a living, breathing existence and thus, imperfections are beautiful.

People tend to blame the media for society’s current infatuation with perfection. They call for “everyday people” to be represented in magazines and television shows rather than those with a classic model look. While it may be true that media has helped shift society’s views towards what is typically considered beautiful, it is not the media’s job to change it. People need to realize on their own that uniqueness is desirable. They need to make the changes to decide that average looking people with flaws or blemishes are ideal. Beauty is not, and should not be everything. Simply because someone has a beautiful outward appearance does not mean they are a suitable candidate as a friend, employee or significant other. One could spend their whole lives chasing someone beautiful only to realize after that the right person for them was there all along, but they were overlooked due to appearance.

As long as people are healthy, keep their hygiene well maintained and dress appropriately for their position in life, looks should not be a defining factor. Not only do individuals need to become more accepting of other’s looks though, people need to be more accepting of their own looks. Individuals are their own worst critics, but without personal acceptance, others will not offer acceptance either.

Instead of stressing about having perfect hair or bright white teeth, learn to love the imperfections. Embrace the flaws and don’t worry about trying to change what’s natural. Uniqueness is beautiful.