Heather Herstine is an adjunct instructor at Robert Morris University and a friend. With her permission, I re-post here the words she wrote on her Facebook page this morning:
As I was washing up this morning, I found myself frustrated that the mirror would not defog so I could see to get ready. Then I realized something. We, young girls and women, often see ourselves this way. We see ourselves in a way that fogs our true perceptions. We can’t see our real beauty (and our real flaws) because we’re so consumed by the fog around us: our jobs, what our society tells us about who and what we should be, the guilt we feel for working too much, the guilt we feel for not working enough, time spent away from our kids, parents, significant others, and the list goes on. It’s time to clear away the fog and see you. You’re beautifully broken, perfectly imperfect, and flawlessly flawed. We are beautiful just the way we are.