We all chat about the movies, the mall, boys and then I get all excited as I recount my hair straightening dilemma and my new jacket. As the final words of my story leave my mouth, one of the girls, who had always been extremely opinionated and known for throwing her pseudo-wisdom around [I only say pseudo because we all know we weren't very wise at this time, as wisdom comes as a result of experience and how many life experiences have we had by the 11th grade?...I digress.] says, "You know Brooke, you're not going to get through life on your looks." Completely unwarranted. I simply answered, "I know," and looked away. Not that I didn't have anything to say, I just hadn't been properly trained in effective communication and had I opened my mouth I would have cursed a bitch out rather than responded in a sensible way.
After years, you'd think this would leave me, but it hasn't, because although we were young, and God knows what her motivation was at the time, she was right.
I wouldn't get through life on my looks.
I would get through life because I was more than my looks, because I was a determined, unrelenting young lady who had dreams that I refused to give up on. I would get through life because I had a group of people surrounding and supporting me to continually grow into a better version of myself. I would get through life because I knew there was more to life than that town, that high school and those people I saw each of my teenage days. I would get through life because I knew I deserved better. I would get through life because I have an insatiable thirst for knowledge. I would get through life because I don't run away from a "no". I would get through life because I chose higher education as a tool to enlighten and empower myself. I would get through life because there is a God who orders my steps and places my feet perfectly, exactly where they belong.
And yeah, as we all know. I am a model. So I'll end it this way...
I did not get through life on my looks, I recognized what I have as a gift, and we all have gifts, you just have to figure out how to use them. My gifts include, but are not limited to my looks. I will never be shamed into not acknowledging my beauty [we are all beautiful] and I will never be shrunk to believe that that's all I have to offer the world.