As she looked at herself in the mirror, she saw nothing but flaws.
The way when she smiled, she could see her crooked teeth, her strange lone dimple on the left cheek. “How weird I am,” she often thought. Her mind always questioned why whenever she talked, no one seemed to understand her. How her point of view was usually overlooked and the way her bluntness was always considered as a display of attitude and taken in the wrong way. Was she really that hard to love? Was she not worth it? Was it her fault?
Self-hate was deep-rooted in her heart, it never fully went away, no matter how hard she tried not to think about it. It lingered in the darkest, deepest parts of her thoughts.
But when he looked at her, he only saw what was truly there. A girl with a smile more beautiful than a rainbow and teeth that shined like pearls, when she talked her words were wiser than she thought they were and her views, even if they were different from the rest, were definitely more gentle and caring than the vile poison flung by the others she talked to. He didn't seem to mind her bluntness and frankly, that bluntness wasn't as ugly as she thought. It was just a drop of reality added into her words which the others thought of as a sheet of oil that could be used against her. To choke her and remove the light from her life. He knew she was better than she thought and he wanted her to know.
He decided to tell her, tell her how beautiful she is, to stop trying to find validation in people’s words, to just be her.
As he talked to her, she truly smiled and felt a bit hopeful after a long time.
Sometimes we need someone to simply be there, not to fix anything or to do anything particular, but just to let us feel that we are cared for and are supported. The smallest of acts of kindness, the simplest of gestures, give hope and lights a path for ones going through a rough patch.
Be you, not what others define you as.
Authors: Anubhi Srivastava & Aditya Iyengar
Editor: Akanksha Makhija