As I’ve briefly stated before, I may have applied to a few too many schools. Because of that, I was required to write a lot of different essays. This one–I think–was to choose a quote that speaks to you and speak about it. (Or perhaps it was to defy a popular quote?) I don’t know. I did not save the prompt. But I did save my short-ass essay. AND NOW YOU GET TO READ IT! Lucky you.
As an intellectual being, I question my surroundings and my beliefs constantly. I oftentimes observe phrases and clichés, attempting to contradict the rationale presented by them. One such saying has recently caught my attention, and I have discussed it with both my mother and my sister. The saying, “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” absolutely baffles me. The fact of the matter is that beauty is not solely in the eye of the beholder. Sure, the beholder has the benefit of truly seeing an object or person for what it is, but judgmental behavior will always affect their opinion of what they behold. Every person has their own set of standards and their own idea of what is beautiful and what is not.
Although I cannot personally think of my own phrase that takes the place of this one, I would like to rephrase this in the words of the Goo Goo Dolls’ popular song “Slide”. “What you feel is what you are, and what you are is beautiful.” I truly believe in this quote. If a person feels beautiful, then that beauty will make itself known. A person may behold one person as beautiful and another as ugly. However, it is not up to them to judge those people. These judgments affect a persons’ mentality. If you feel beautiful, then you are beautiful.
No one should have to rely on another’s judgment or a specific standard to feel adequate. Why leave it up to the beholder to decide the truth of a situation, an object, or a person?