We've all seen it happen. Perhaps we've even participated. It is the sad tale that is a part of the high school experience for too many people. Being judged on your looks and made to feel ugly should not be a normal part of life. But it is all too common. The thing is, being judged in this way doesn't have to stop you or slow you down in anyway.
Lynelle Cantwell, knows this experience all too well. Lynelle found a poll, on the Straw Poll website, seeking to determine which girls were the ugliest grade 12 girls at her school. Her name was on the list. Lynelle admits that she was hurt. "I saw that I was fourth and I was like, 'wow,'" she said. "I felt hurt, like really really hurt. Not gonna lie, it tore me apart a little bit."
Instead of letting the hurt build, she took to Facebook with this inspiring message:
She's absolutely right. Not fitting into some arbitrary, strictly defined, standard of beauty does not make one ugly any more than fitting into it makes one beautiful.
It would be nice to think that that sort of behaviour ends with high school graduation but that isn't the case. Our very own BodyRock host, Lisa, has been called ugly by members of our audience on more than one occasion. And like Lynelle, she doesn't let it stand in her way.
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Lisa knows who she is. She is strong, she is dedicated and truly a fitness inspiration. She gets up each and every day and dedicates herself to helping thousands of people across the world look past the hurt, past the negativity and feel confident and proud of themselves. Her strength, both physically and emotionally, inspires people to look inward and see their true selves and their remarkable capabilities. Lisa inspires people to be the best versions of themselves they can be. If you ask us, that is pretty darn beautiful!
At the end of the day, it is important to understand that the things people say are just words. What really matters is what you see. As long as you can get up every day, look yourself in the eye and know who you really are, nothing can stop you. You are the only person on this earth like you. While that may sound like a lonely prospect, it isn't. Your traits, your looks, your character are all unique to you. That's pretty special.
Hold your head high. If someone calls you ugly or tries to tear you down, it says far more about them than it does about you.
Have you been called ugly? How did you respond?
Source: Candy Mag
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