Take a look in the mirror.
You see uneven eyebrows and brown eyes you wish were ocean blue.
I see the eyes that show every expression of surprise, sadness, excitement, beauty.
I see the sparkle in them when you’re smiling and the way they allow you to look up at the stars.
You see a crooked nose that resulted from an adolescent incident.
I see a story.
I see the fearless child that got up from that incident and leapt into the next adventure.
You see two teeth that don’t line up with the rest of them and lips that are missing the lips of someone you yearn to kiss back.
I see the smile that breaks through all barriers. The smile that shines through every broken heart, every moment you were told you weren’t good enough.
I see lips that are waiting for the right lips to kiss back. The ones that deserve the most passionate and patient kind of love.
You see a body that looks nothing like the ones in magazines or on social media.
You see scars on your wrist, curves in places that don’t “belong.”
I see the most beautiful body that God has given you to utilize.
A body that allows you to get out of bed in the morning,
allows you to wave to a person,
allows you to give someone a hug when they need it most.
You see the painful words and actions from others that you chose to believe one day.
You see the potential in yourself but think you don’t deserve it.
I see the obstacles you’ve overcome.
I see a person whose love alone could change the world.
Don’t you see how different our mirrors are?
You focus on the flaws when the beauty we all see is so powerful.
Imagine living a day with the vision that we all see in you every day.
That person is in there.
That person is you
…in your most damaged and imperfect beauty.
Be that person.
Be who we see,
who I see.
and just be.